Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Olathe, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when you and your family are gone, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to 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. This practice 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Olathe on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 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 like to save your 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe at 913-432-3342 or set up an appointment online.