Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the unpredictable weather in Bossier City, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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 will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Bossier City 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) changing 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 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 some 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 Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City at 800-COOLING or set up an appointment online.