Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort simple, 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 not around. With the erratic weather in Longview, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 evaluate your family’s routine. By doing this, you can plan the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program 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 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Longview on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially raising 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 faster. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And it’s not uncommon to 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 like 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment online.