Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the unpredictable weather in Tuscaloosa, 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. By doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold.

You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was designed 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 a great bonus.

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. This practice will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to keep your home at a relatively 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 consumption and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Tuscaloosa on vacation or just away from home for the day.
  • Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to prevent 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 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 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 KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa at 205-208-8090.