Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Using a programmable thermostat affords a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a variety of programs to be set for your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of a range of savings if used appropriately. Of course the weather in Tucson can be unpredictable and the temperature swings can seem ridiculous, but there are steps you can take to make certain you experience maximum comfort while also saving money every month. 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 unique, but taking the time to know your needs will allow you to program your thermostat precisely and only be heating and cooling your home when you need to. Certainly you can take the approach of toying with it when you leave or get home every day, but why bother with it when you could have it set up to meet your comfort needs every day? It is a programmable thermostat after all, so why not use it to improve your comfort and energy savings? Programming your thermostat for big pieces of time allows it to operate 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 resist 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 contain a variety of features that may help you lower your energy consumption and can potentially lower your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually contain pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from running when you’re away from Tucson for long periods when the temperature of your home isn’t 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 quicker. 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 great addition, and when used appropriately, they can make sure maximum comfort is achieved and can potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Ambient Air in Tucson a call at 520-201-3871 if you have any questions as to which programmable thermostat would best suit your needs.