Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

February 05, 2015

A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Hattiesburg, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 routine. Once you do this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold.

Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed to make your life and 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. 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 reasonably 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize 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 adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Hattiesburg 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 bumping up 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 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg at 601-292-9763.