Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Greenville, 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 determine 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 try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, 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. For the most efficient system operation, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. Doing this will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you keep your home at a fairly 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Greenville on vacation or only 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 altering 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 faster. 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 Ken Parker Service Inc in Greenville at 903-883-2829 or set up an appointment online.