Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Scottsboro, 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 evaluate your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have 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 needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. For the most efficient system operation, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This practice will save you money while keeping you 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Scottsboro on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving 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 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 be happy to save some 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro at 256-574-1300 or set up an appointment online.