Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes managing 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 not around. With the unpredictable weather in the Rio Grande Valley, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature exactly where you want it, when you want it there.

The best way to get the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to evaluate your family’s daily activities. Once you do this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you also won’t have 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 and after work, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was designed to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus.

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. Doing this will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from the Rio Grande Valley on vacation or simply away from home for the day.
  • Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially affecting 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 more quickly. 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 be happy 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. in the Rio Grande Valley at 956-381-1162.