Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, while helping 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 around. With the ever-changing weather in West Palm Beach, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 daily activities. Once you do this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed to make your life and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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 and keep you comfortable in your home. 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from West Palm Beach on vacation or simply 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 altering your bill. You should also know that setting 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 it’s not uncommon to 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 are looking 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 Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach at 561-582-3390 or set up an appointment online.