Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Pacheco, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 examine your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can plan the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when you and your family are gone, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’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 made to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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 practice will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you keep your home at a reasonably 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Pacheco on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially affecting 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 rapidly. 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 a little 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 Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment online.