Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Utica, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. After doing this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before and after work, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life easier 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. 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers 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 adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Utica on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to inhibit 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 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 would like 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica at 586-731-0950 or set up an appointment online.