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. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not around. With the erratic weather in Lodi, 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when your home is empty, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s too hot or too cold. You could try to remember to adjust your thermostat before and after work, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was created to make your life and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy makes it even better. You can help your system operate more efficiently by programming 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 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 simple functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially lower your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are at work or on vacation. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Lodi on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option 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 rapidly. 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 are looking 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi at 209-368-0556 or set up an appointment online.