Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Buying a programmable thermostat affords a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set based on your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Pocatello can be hard to predict and the temperature swings can seem ridiculous, but there are steps you can take to make certain you experience maximum comfort while also saving money month after month. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t hard, and one of the easiest ways to make best use of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is different, but taking the time to know your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when you need to. Sure, you can take the approach of toying with it when you leave or get home every day, but why waste your time when you could have it set to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to boost your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for large amounts of time allows it to work more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give you increased efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Sustaining a consistent temperature will also help you combat the urge to continually walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many have a range of features that may help you lower your energy consumption and can potentially lessen your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually come with pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from running when you’re away from Pocatello for long periods when the temperature of your home is not as important. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any playing with the temperature settings. Something else to consider is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any faster. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are a great addition, and when used properly, they can make sure maximum comfort is achieved and can potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello a call at 208-621-0129 if you have any questions as to which choice would best suit your needs.