Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. 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 maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. After doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold.

You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake.

In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you keep your home at a fairly 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 minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower 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 inhibit 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 more quickly. 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 would be happy 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 641-323-1210.