Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, while helping 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 Tampa Bay, 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 examine your family’s routine. By doing this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to 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. Doing this will save you money and keep you 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Tampa Bay on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 rapidly. 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 be happy 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 Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay at 813-898-9553 or set up an appointment online.