Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Buying a programmable thermostat affords a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set based on your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a range of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Lexington can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem ridiculous, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience total comfort while also saving money every month. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t tough, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is different, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat correctly and only be heating and cooling your home when it’s needed. Certainly you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why worry with it when you could have it set up to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to increase your comfort and energy savings? Programming your thermostat for huge pieces of time allows it to operate more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give you greater efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Sustaining a consistent temperature will also help you combat the urge to constantly walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many have a number of features that may help you reduce your energy consumption and can potentially lessen your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these repeatedly help keep your system from working when you’re away from Lexington for long periods when the temperature of your home doesn’t matter as much. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any tinkering with the temperature settings. Something else to ponder is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any speedier. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are a cool addition, and when used appropriately, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and can potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington a call at 336-853-6070 if you have any questions as to which programmable thermostat would best suit your needs.