Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, 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 even there. With the erratic weather in Laguna Hills, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember 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 makes it even better. 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. This practice will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower 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 Laguna Hills on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit 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 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 like to save a little 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 White Mechanical, Inc. in Laguna Hills at 949-716-8379 or set up an appointment online.