Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort effortless, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the unpredictable weather in Muskogee, 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 evaluate your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can plan how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume 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 take time to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. 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. Many people don’t realize that 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut 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 Muskogee on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially raising 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 rapidly. 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee at 918-682-8238 or set up an appointment online.