Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015Using a programmable thermostat offers you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set centered around your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used properly. Of course the weather in the Main Line can be unpredictable and the temperature swings can seem outrageous, but there are steps you can take to make sure you experience total comfort while also saving money month after month. Reaping the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t tough, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is different, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when you need to. Certainly you can take the approach of toying with it when you leave or get home every day, but why bother with it 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 improve your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for big amounts of time allows it to work more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting a schedule for your programmable thermostat will offer you increased efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Sustaining a consistent temperature will also help you fight the urge to constantly 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 range of features that can help you reduce your energy consumption and may potentially lower your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these repeatedly help keep your system from working when you’re away from the Main Line for long periods when the temperature of your home doesn’t matter as much. 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 toying 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 faster. 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 great addition, and when used correctly, 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line a call at 610-626-2540 if you have any questions as to which option would best suit your needs.