Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Utilizing a programmable thermostat affords a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set centered around your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of an assortment of savings if used correctly. Of course the weather in Waterloo can be hard to predict and the temperature swings can seem outrageous, but there are steps you can take to make sure you experience complete comfort while also saving money year after year. Reaping the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t difficult, and one of the easiest ways to maximize those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is its own, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat accurately and only be heating and cooling your home when it needs it. Of course you can take the approach of toying with it when you leave or get home every day, but why worry with it when you could have it programmed to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to boost your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for big chunks of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Programming a schedule for your programmable thermostat will provide you better efficiency and more consistent temperatures, especially when you limit temperature changes to 10 degree differences or less. Keeping a consistent temperature will also help you combat the urge to constantly 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 variety of features that may help you lower your energy consumption and may potentially reduce your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually come with pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these regularly help keep your system from running when you’re away from Waterloo for long periods when the temperature of your home is not as important. 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 consider is that making large temperature adjustments does not help your home heat up or cool down any speedier. 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 cool addition, and when used correctly, they can make certain maximum comfort is achieved and might potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd in Waterloo a call at 519-664-0600 if you have any questions as to which option would best suit your needs.