Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of 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 away. With the unpredictable weather in Plainfield, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. After doing this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’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 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. 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 will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Plainfield 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 raising 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 faster. 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 are looking 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield at 815-768-6656 or set up an appointment online.