Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Marshalltown, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. You can help your system operate more efficiently by programming your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This practice will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to keep your home at a relatively constant temperature than it does to turn it on when you get home and try to heat a cold house. A programmable thermostat operates with the same basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Marshalltown on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising your bill. You should also know that turning up the heat much warmer than you’d normally set it will not help your house warm up faster. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And often they forget to turn it back down, making the house uncomfortably warm and wasting energy. When you want to ensure your home is always comfortable and are looking to save your money, a programmable thermostat is a great option. To find out more about the many programmable thermostats available and which one might suit your home the best, call B & G HVAC in Marshalltown at 641-752-3429 or set up an appointment online.