Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re away. With the unpredictable weather in Asheville, 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 the most benefits from your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use 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. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work 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 makes it even better. 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. 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Asheville on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent 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 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 are looking 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 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville at 828-551-2913 or set up an appointment online.