Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the erratic weather in Peoria, 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 schedule. Once you do this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their 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 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. 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. 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Peoria on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially altering 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 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 Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in Peoria at 309-437-2703 or set up an appointment online.