Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Indian River County, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 examine your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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 will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to 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 lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Indian River County on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that setting 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 they’ll 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 some 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 Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County at 772-571-1080 or set up an appointment online.