Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015Buying a programmable thermostat affords a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set centered around your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a range of savings if used appropriately. Of course the weather in Odessa can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem extreme, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience complete comfort while also saving money year after year. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t hard, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat precisely and only be heating and cooling your home when it needs it. Certainly you can take the approach of toying with it when you leave or get home every day, but why waste your time when you could have it set up to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to boost your comfort and energy savings? Setting up your thermostat for big pieces of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give you increased efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Keeping a consistent temperature will also help you resist the urge to continuously walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many host a number of features that may help you lower your energy consumption and could potentially lower your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually come with pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from running when you’re away from Odessa for long periods when the temperature of your home is not as important. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any tinkering with the temperature settings. Something else to consider is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any speedier. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are a cool addition, and when used properly, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and may potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa a call at 432-333-2208 if you have any questions as to which option would best suit your needs.