Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, 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 Colorado Springs, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 evaluate your family’s routine. After doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply 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. 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 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Colorado Springs on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 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 Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs at 719-596-6677 or set up an appointment online.