Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed 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 Phoenix, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 daily activities. Once you do this, you can plan the best way 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 too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? All you have to do is 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 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Phoenix on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option 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 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 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Phoenix at 602-997-5701 or set up an appointment online.