Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes controlling your home comfort easy, plus it can help you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so won’t have to pay to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the ever-changing weather in Wisconsin Rapids, 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 examine your family’s schedule. Once you do this, you can decide how to program your thermostat so you don’t uselessly consume energy when no one is home, 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 work and again when you come home, but why needlessly do all this work when the programmable thermostat was designed to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? You just need to set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. 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 help ensure you are comfortable in your home. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to 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 features a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially decrease your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include designated options for when you are not home. Using these settings will automatically lower your temperature setting whether you’re away from Wisconsin Rapids on vacation or simply away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats have the option to lock the thermostat to keep kids from accidentally (or purposely) moving the temperature and potentially affecting 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 faster. 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 your 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids at 715-421-5555 or set up an appointment online.