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 you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the erratic weather in Colfax, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can plan the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was designed to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply 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. Doing this will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 basic 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 Colfax on vacation or simply 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 turning up 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 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 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax at 509-397-3622 or set up an appointment online.