Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, 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 not around. With the unpredictable weather in Vancouver, 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 evaluate your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid 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 created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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 and keep you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Vancouver on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 faster. 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 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 Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC in Vancouver at 360-571-5100 or set up an appointment online.