Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, while helping you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Midlothian, 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid 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 work and again when you come home, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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. Doing this will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Midlothian on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting 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 rapidly. 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 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 Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian at 804-372-0313 or set up an appointment online.