Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing 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 around. With the erratic weather in Show Low, 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 analyze your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’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 created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to 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 practice will save you money and help ensure you are 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Show Low on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially altering 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 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. in Show Low at 928-537-1803 or set up an appointment online.