A programmable thermostat makes taking control of your home comfort easy, while helping you save some money. You can program it around your routine, so you can minimize how much you’re paying to heat your home when you’re not even there. With the erratic weather in Rapid City, a programmable thermostat can ensure your home’s temperature stays 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 evaluate your family’s daily activities. After doing this, you can determine the best way to program your thermostat so you don’t waste energy when no one is home, but you can avoid having anyone coming home to a house that’s uncomfortable because it’s too hot or too cold.
You could take time to adjust your thermostat before work and again when you come home, but why go through extra hassle when the programmable thermostat was made to simplify your life and make 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 practice will save you money and keep you 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 basic functions as a traditional thermostat, but also offers a variety of preprogrammed settings to trim down your energy use and, therefore, potentially cut your energy bills.
- Preprogrammed settings often include special options for when you are away. Using these settings automatically adjusts your temperature setting whether you’re away from Rapid City 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) changing the temperature and potentially altering 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 and Cooling in Rapid City at 605-206-3915.