Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Buying a programmable thermostat gives you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set based on your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Keokuk can be hard to predict and the temperature swings can seem extreme, but there are steps you can take to make sure you experience complete comfort while also saving money year after year. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t hard, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is different, but taking the time to understand your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when it’s needed. Certainly you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why worry with it when you could have it set up to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to boost your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for large pieces of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting up a schedule for your programmable thermostat will provide you increased efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Keeping a consistent temperature will also help you resist the urge to constantly walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many contain a range of features that might help you lower your energy consumption and can potentially lower your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually offer pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from running when you’re away from Keokuk for long periods when the temperature of your home is not as important. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any toying with the temperature settings. Something else to think about is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any faster. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are an amazing addition, and when used appropriately, they can make sure maximum comfort is achieved and may potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk a call at 319-229-2318 if you have any questions as to which choice would best suit your needs.