Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Using a programmable thermostat gives you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set centered around your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Marshalltown can be hard to predict and the temperature swings can seem extreme, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience maximum comfort while also saving money year after year. Reaping 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 know your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when you need to. Of course you can take the approach of tinkering 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 boost your comfort and energy savings? Programming your thermostat for large chunks of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will provide 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 fight the urge to continuously 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 host a variety of features that might help you lower your energy consumption and could potentially reduce your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these regularly help keep your system from running when you’re away from Marshalltown for long periods when the temperature of your home is not as important. 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 playing with the temperature settings. Something else to think about 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 an amazing addition, and when used appropriately, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and might potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown a call at 641-753-3563 if you have any questions as to which choice would best suit your needs.