Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed 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 Cedar Rapids, 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 decide 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 you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. You can help your system operate more efficiently by programming your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. This will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Cedar Rapids 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) adjusting the temperature and potentially altering your bill. You should also know that bumping up 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 it’s not uncommon to 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 Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids at 319-363-0283 or set up an appointment online.