Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Comfort and Savings 02/05/2015Using a programmable thermostat offers you 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 Albuquerque can be erratic and the temperature swings can seem outrageous, but there are steps you can take to ensure you experience maximum comfort while also saving money year after year. Enjoying the benefits of your programmable thermostat isn’t tough, and one of the easiest ways to make best use of those benefits is by understanding the schedule of your home. Every schedule is unique, but taking the time to understand your needs will allow you to program your thermostat correctly and only be heating and cooling your home when it needs it. Of course you can take the approach of tinkering with it when you leave or get home every day, but why worry 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 increase your comfort and energy savings? Setting your thermostat for large chunks of time allows it to run more efficiently, saving you money and ensuring your comfort level is right where you want it. Setting up 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. Sustaining a consistent temperature will also help you fight 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 have a number of features that might help you reduce your energy consumption and could potentially reduce your energy costs. Programmable thermostats usually come with pre-programmed settings, including specific options for work and vacation. Using these frequently help keep your system from running when you’re away from Albuquerque 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 toying 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 faster. 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 cool addition, and when used appropriately, they can make certain maximum comfort is achieved and might potentially save you money as well. There are a number of programmable thermostats available, so give Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque a call at 505-994-9176 if you have any questions as to which programmable thermostat would best suit your needs.