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. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the unpredictable weather in Carlsbad, 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 examine your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid having 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 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 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 while keeping you 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower 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 will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Carlsbad 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) moving the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that turning up 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 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 Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad at 575-887-7777 or set up an appointment online.