Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Buying a programmable thermostat offers you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set centered around your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used appropriately. Of course the weather in Greater Richmond can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem outrageous, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience total comfort while also saving money month after month. Enjoying the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t tough, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to know your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when it needs it. Of course you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why bother 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 up your thermostat for huge pieces of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give 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 combat the urge to continually 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 host a range of features that may help you lessen your energy consumption and can potentially reduce your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these repeatedly help keep your system from operating when you’re away from Greater Richmond for long periods when the temperature of your home doesn’t matter as much. 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 playing with the temperature settings. Something else to ponder is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any quicker. 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 a cool addition, and when used correctly, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and may potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond a call at 804-302-6657 if you have any questions as to which option would best suit your needs.