Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort simple, while helping you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can avoid paying to heat your home when you’re not around. With the ever-changing weather in Middletown, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 examine your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can plan how to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when you and your family are gone, 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 work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was created to simplify your life and make your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. For the most efficient system operation, 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 keep you 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Middletown on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising 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 rapidly. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And it’s not uncommon to 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 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 Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown at 302-658-2000 or set up an appointment online.