Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing your home comfort effortless, and it also can help you save some money. This thermostat can be programmed around your schedule, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the unpredictable weather in Chicago, a programmable thermostat can keep your home’s temperature exactly where you want it, when you want it there. The best way to get started with your programmable thermostat is to take some time to analyze your family’s daily activities. By doing this, you can determine the most efficient way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you also won’t have anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. You could try to remember 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 easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is the icing on the cake. 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 will save you money and help ensure you are comfortable in your home. 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 comes equipped with a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy consumption and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are not home. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Chicago on vacation or only away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to prevent kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 more quickly. 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 like 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment online.