Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re away. With the unpredictable weather in Lexington, 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. After doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too 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 simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. For the most efficient system operation, 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 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Lexington on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature 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 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 would be happy 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment online.