Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Franklin Lakes, 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 how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was designed to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to 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. 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Franklin Lakes on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially altering 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 it’s not uncommon to 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 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 Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes at 201-891-1333 or set up an appointment online.