Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort simple, and it also can help 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 Abilene, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 schedule. By doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life and your home more comfortable? Simply 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 will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers 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 at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Abilene on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially raising 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 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 are looking 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 Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene at 325-692-5850 or set up an appointment online.