Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings Posted February 5, 2015 Technology Utilizing a programmable thermostat offers you a lot of convenience when it comes to comfort. Not only do they allow for a number of programs to be set for your needs, they also make it easy to take advantage of an assortment of savings if used appropriately. Of course the weather in York can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem extreme, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience total 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 make the most of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to recognize your needs will allow you to program your thermostat correctly and only be heating and cooling your home when it’s needed. Certainly you can take the approach of tinkering 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 large amounts of time allows it to work more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting a schedule for your programmable thermostat will give 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 continuously 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 host a number of features that may help you reduce your energy consumption and may potentially lessen your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually offer pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these repeatedly help keep your system from working when you’re away from York 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 playing with the temperature settings. Something else to think about 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 great addition, and when used properly, they can ensure maximum comfort is achieved and might potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York a call at 717-383-4479 if you have any questions as to which option would best suit your needs.