programmable thermostats

Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings

A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in the Bay Area, 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can decide the best 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 too hot or too cold.

You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? You just need to 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 practice will save you money while keeping you comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you keep your home at a relatively 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills.

  • Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from the Bay Area on vacation or just away from home for the day.
  • Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially altering your bill.
  • You should also know that turning 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 often they 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area at 510-343-9841.

 
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