Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Raceland, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, 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 work and again when you come home, 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. 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 and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Raceland on vacation or simply 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 raising 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 faster. 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 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland at 985-537-6795 or set up an appointment online.