Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, and it also 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 ever-changing weather in Ontario, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature 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 evaluate your family’s routine. Once you do this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when you and your family are gone, 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 and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? You just need to 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 practice will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that 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 essential functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to lower your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease 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 Ontario on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially altering 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 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 would like 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 Stan's Heating, Inc in Ontario at 541-889-3987 or set up an appointment online.