Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of 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 away. With the ever-changing weather in Odessa, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can plan the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. 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 while keeping you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Odessa on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving 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 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 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa at 432-333-2208 or set up an appointment online.