Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of 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 Macon, 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 schedule. After doing this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was designed 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. Doing this will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Macon on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially raising 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 would be happy to save some 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 Air Temperature Control in Macon at 478-784-1109 or set up an appointment online.