Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort easy, 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 even there. With the ever-changing weather in Metro Atlanta, 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 schedule. By doing this, you can plan the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t use energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could take time to adjust your thermostat before you leave and when you return, but why make more work for yourself when the programmable thermostat was designed 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. This practice will save you money and keep you comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy utilization 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 will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Metro Atlanta on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing the temperature and potentially raising 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 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 ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta at 770-939-7500 or set up an appointment online.