A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the erratic weather in Lake Forest, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 schedule. After doing this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’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 easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake.
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. 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills.
- Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Lake Forest 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) moving 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 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 be happy 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 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest at 949-204-0859.