Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, 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 even there. With the erratic weather in Erie, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 analyze your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can decide how 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 uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their 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? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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. 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Erie on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 more quickly. 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 814-833-5558 or set up an appointment online.