Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it 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 Carson City, 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 evaluate your family’s routine. By doing this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created 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 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. 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Carson City on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting 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 like 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 Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City at 775-882-8154 or set up an appointment online.