Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the erratic weather in Excelsior Springs, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 analyze your family’s routine. After doing this, you can determine how 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. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why go through extra hassle 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 is a great bonus. You can help your system operate more efficiently by programming your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially lower 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 Excelsior Springs on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting your bill. You should also know that turning 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 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 be happy to save some 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 Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs at 816-630-2702 or set up an appointment online.