What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat to During My Vacation?

Your bags are packed, you've turned on a couple of lights to make it look like your home, you've checked to make sure the oven and coffeemaker are off. Now, how should you set your thermostat?

If your main concern is conserving energy, you could turn the air conditioner offaltogether. However, depending on the air temperature outside, it is widely recommended that you leave the A/C on if you're going to be gone for just a weekend. Ideally, you would set it at 80 to 85 degrees. You can actually save energy by leaving it on at a higher temperature for a weekend rather than cooling a hot house quickly when you return.

However, if your plans are to be gone for a week or more, you might consider leaving it off altogether, unless the humidity is expected to be high or the temperatures are expected to be scorching. With high humidity comes moisture, mold, and mildew, and with scorching temperatures, your refrigerator will need to work much harder to keep up and furnishings can be affected. Also, computers left in very hot or humid climates can be damaged. Even if a computer is turned off, high humidity and scorching temperatures can affect it. Setting the thermostat at 80 to 85 degrees in this situation is recommended. Closing shades and blinds can help lower the temperature in your house.

If the humidity in your area is high, you can also install a dehumidifier, which will work with your A/C in keeping your home moisture-free.

If your vacation is in the winter during frigid temperatures, you will need to leave the heat on while you're gone, even if it's just for one day. However, you can lower your thermostat to around 55 degrees. Anything much lower than that could result in frozen pipes, which could then burst and wreak havoc. Closing blinds and shades will help keep heat in during cold temperatures.

Taking these small steps can save energy and damage in your home while traveling, and will contribute to a stress-free vacation!


Categories: Heating & Cooling

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