A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the erratic weather in Erie, 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 the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’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 designed 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.
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 while keeping you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills.
- Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Erie on vacation or just away from home for the day.
- Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially altering 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 rapidly. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And often they 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 are looking 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie at 814-308-0416.