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One of the easiest things you can do to fight the winter’s cold is to program your thermostat. It is a very quick project that will help keep your home warm and your family comfortable, while also showing an amazing benefit on the reduced costs on your energy bill.

If you have a programmable thermostat, but aren’t actually programming it, you will end up losing both heat and money. Keeping a thermostat in the “on” position will end up needlessly wasting energy, especially when it is running to heat an empty house.

Programming your thermostat isn’t rocket science. Humans are creatures of habit, and we all have our routines. By allowing your thermostat to match up with your family’s routines, you will notice the significant benefits of strategically setting certain temperatures for certain times.

Starting the day, you will want your thermostat to kick on as you and your family wake up. Scheduling it to turn on about 15-30 minutes before your alarm rings means that you will get out of your warm bed and into your warm home.

Leaving for work or school means leaving an empty house behind. This is a time where you don’t need that heat to be running. Program the thermostat to drop the temperature by about 8 degrees, and you can help save roughly 10 percent on your heating and cooling each year. That’s just a quick 8 hours with the thermostat turned low and putting money back in your wallet.

You then want that thermostat to pick back up as you are returning home. Let the heating continue to run throughout the evening, and when it’s time for bed, you can have the thermostat drop the temperature again as you and your family sleep.

Having a programmable thermostat is one of the most efficient ways to both heat your home and to save on your energy bills. For more information on programmable thermostats and energy efficiency, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.

Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415