Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015Utilizing a programmable thermostat gives you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set for your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a variety of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Augusta can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem extreme, but there are steps you can take to make sure you experience maximum comfort while also saving money year after year. Appreciating the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t difficult, and one of the easiest ways to make best use of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to know your needs will allow you to program your thermostat precisely and only be heating and cooling your home when it’s needed. Sure, you can take the approach of fiddling with it when you leave or get home every day, but why waste your time when you could have it set up to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to improve your comfort and energy savings? Setting up your thermostat for huge chunks of time allows it to work more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give you greater efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Sustaining a consistent temperature will also help you combat the urge to continually walk over to your thermostat and use your “hold” button or make drastic adjustments. In addition to the basic operation of your programmable thermostat, many have a number of features that can help you lessen your energy consumption and could potentially lessen your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually offer pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from working when you’re away from Augusta for long periods when the temperature of your home doesn’t matter as much. Some programmable thermostats include an option to lock the thermostat, so when kids come home after school before you’re home, you can rest assured that there isn’t any tinkering with the temperature settings. Something else to think about is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any quicker. Setting your programmable thermostat for any other temperature than the one you’d like to achieve only leaves you open to forgetting about it and making it too warm, too cold or wasting energy. Programmable thermostats are a great addition, and when used properly, they can make sure maximum comfort is achieved and might potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning in Augusta a call at 706-722-5304 if you have any questions as to which choice would best suit your needs.