Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort effortless, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the unpredictable weather in Bishop, 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. After doing this, you can decide the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember 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 simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? Simply 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. Doing this will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Your system will use less energy when you 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 minimize your energy utilization and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Bishop on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have a feature to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) adjusting the temperature and potentially affecting 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 more quickly. 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 your 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop at 760-784-9034 or set up an appointment online.