Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of 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 Belton, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to examine your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life and your home more comfortable? All you have to do is 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. Doing this will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. 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 trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Belton on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially affecting 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 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 be happy to save a little 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton at 254-939-1141 or set up an appointment online.