Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015 A programmable thermostat makes managing 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 around. With the erratic weather in Rapid City, a programmable thermostat can ensures your home’s temperature is 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 daily activities. By doing this, you can decide the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when you and your family are gone, but you can avoid anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortably hot or cold. Some people just take the time to adjust their thermostat before and after work, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was made to make your life easier and your home more comfortable? Simply set it and forget it… and saving on energy is a great bonus. In order to help your system operate more efficiently, program 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. Many people don’t realize that it takes your system less energy to keep your home at a reasonably 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 minimize your energy use and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills. Preprogrammed settings often include specific options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically lowers your temperature setting whether you’re away from Rapid City on vacation or just away from home for the day. Some programmable thermostats allow you to lock the thermostat to inhibit kids from accidentally (or purposely) changing 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 rapidly. Many people assume that cranking the heat up in a cold house will warm it up faster, but it doesn’t. And they’ll 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City at 605-342-5107 or set up an appointment online.