Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Buying a programmable thermostat gives you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set based on your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used appropriately. Of course the weather in Shelby can be unpredictable and the temperature swings can seem ridiculous, but there are steps you can take to make certain you experience maximum comfort while also saving money year after year. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t hard, and one of the easiest ways to make best use of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat correctly and only be heating and cooling your home when you need to. Of course you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why worry with it when you could have it programmed to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to boost your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for large chunks of time allows it to work more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting up a schedule for your programmable thermostat will offer you better efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Maintaining a consistent temperature will also help you resist the urge to continually walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many have a variety of features that can help you lower your energy consumption and can potentially lower your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these regularly help keep your system from operating when you’re away from Shelby for long periods when the temperature of your home doesn’t matter as much. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any toying with the temperature settings. Something else to think about is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any quicker. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are a great addition, and when used appropriately, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and can potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby a call at 704-233-7363 if you have any questions as to which programmable thermostat would best suit your needs.