Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in the Main Line, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. 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. Doing this will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from the Main Line on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that turning up the heat much warmer than you’d normally set it will not help your house warm up more quickly. 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 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment online.