Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort effortless, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the erratic weather in Mobile, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 analyze 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 no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. 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 and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Mobile on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially raising your bill. You should also know that bumping 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 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 would be happy 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 Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile at 251-471-2674 or set up an appointment online.