Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, 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 not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Florissant, 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 analyze your family’s routine. By doing this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you also won’t have 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 work and again when you come home, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. For the most efficient system operation, program 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. Your system will use less energy when you keep your home at a reasonably 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 use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Florissant on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 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 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 B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant at 314-838-9800 or set up an appointment online.