Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the ever-changing weather in Upland, 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 the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can determine the best 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. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made 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. In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower 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 adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Upland on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 faster. 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 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 Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland at 909-982-5698 or set up an appointment online.