Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the ever-changing weather in South Beloit and Belvidere, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’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 made to make your life and 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. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 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 cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from South Beloit and Belvidere on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting 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 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere at 877-389-2465 or set up an appointment online.