Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Bloomington, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 evaluate your family’s routine. After doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or 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 created to make your life and 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 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Bloomington on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising 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 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 All Seasons Heating & A/C Co in Bloomington at 812-332-9100 or set up an appointment online.