Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Paso Robles, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or 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 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 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. Doing this will save you money and keep you 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Paso Robles on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 it’s not uncommon to 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air in Paso Robles at 805-238-7553 or set up an appointment online.