Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re away. With the ever-changing weather in Bend, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 examine your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’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 go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make 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.

For the most efficient system operation, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. Doing this will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. It takes your system less energy to keep your home at a reasonably 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Bend on vacation or just away from home for the day.
  • Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting 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 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 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC in Bend at 541-238-2797.