Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort simple, plus it 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 around. With the ever-changing weather in Baltimore, 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 started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s schedule. By doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when your home is empty, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before and after work, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? All you have to do is set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program your thermostat for large periods of time and limit your temperature changes to 10 degrees or less. 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 fairly 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 lower your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Baltimore on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising 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 faster. 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 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 Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment online.