Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the unpredictable weather in Portland Metro, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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. By doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work 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 is the icing on the cake. For the most efficient system operation, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This practice will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Portland Metro on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent 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 faster. 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 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 Central Air Inc in Portland Metro at 503-656-1908 or set up an appointment online.