Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Opelika, 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 examine your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed to make your life and your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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 keep you comfortable in your home. 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Opelika on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially affecting your bill. You should also know that bumping 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 would like to save a little 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc. in Opelika at 334-524-2458 or set up an appointment online.