Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

Utilizing a programmable thermostat gives you 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 appropriately. Of course the weather in Cedar Rapids can be hard to predict and the temperature swings can seem outrageous, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience complete comfort while also saving money year after year.

Enjoying the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t difficult, and one of the easiest ways to make the most of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is different, but taking the time to understand your needs will allow you to program your thermostat precisely and only be heating and cooling your home when it needs it.

Of course you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why bother with it 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 big chunks of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give you greater efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Keeping a consistent temperature will also help you resist 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 variety of features that can help you lessen your energy consumption and can potentially lower your energy costs.

  • Programmable thermostats usually come with pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these repeatedly help keep your system from working when you’re away from Cedar Rapids for long periods when the temperature of your home isn’t 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 toying 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 quicker. 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 cool 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 Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids a call at 319-208-3295 if you have any questions as to which choice would best suit your needs.