Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the unpredictable weather in Denver, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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. Once you do this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply 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 will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Denver on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent 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 rapidly. 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 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 Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver at 303-452-4146 or set up an appointment online.