Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, while helping 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 Saint Peters, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s schedule. After doing this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was made 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 makes it even better. 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. 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 fairly 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 cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Saint Peters on vacation or simply 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 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 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 your 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 C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters at 636-578-1777 or set up an appointment online.