programmable thermostats

Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

A programmable thermostat makes managing 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 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 get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. By doing this, you can determine how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold.

Some people just take the time to adjust their 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? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus.

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 practice 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 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 use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. 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) changing 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 more quickly. 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 are looking to save some 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 319-208-3295.

 
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