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Going on Vacation This Summer? Make Sure Your Thermostat is Set Properly!
Summer travel season is finally here! If you’re planning on going away and leaving your home empty for a few days, it’s important that you know what to do with your thermostat to make sure your home stays in good shape while you’re gone!
Before you leave the house, set the thermostat to 85 F. There are a number of reasons why you should do this:
Energy efficiency – the most obvious reason to crank up the thermostat when you leave the house is to improve energy efficiency—after all, why waste the money to cool your house if no one is there to enjoy it? Studies have shown that every degree you raise your thermostat setting during the summer can save you around 3 percent on your energy bills, so if you usually set the temperature to 72 F, cranking it up to 85 F could save you as much as 39 percent on your heating bills for the time you’re gone!
Mold and mildew protection – mold and mildew thrive in warm, damp environments, but an air conditioner setting of 85 F should remove enough moisture and keep the temperature low enough that they don’t create a problem.
If you have a programmable thermostat…
Since programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of day when you’re not around, there are a few slightly more complicated tricks you can do for even more savings!
Schedule your thermostat to drop to 71 F during the early morning hours of 3:00 – 5:00 AM. Humidity peaks around these hours, and a low thermostat will remove the extra moisture.
For the rest of the day, you can set your thermostat all the way up to 90 F. This will help you save even more money than if you keep your thermostat steady at 85 F (and is another good reason why you should install a programmable thermostat!).
Make sure you leave your AC on!
Many people are tempted to turn their air conditioners off when they leave for vacation. While the logic is there (you don’t need to waste money cooling an empty house!) this is definitely not something you want to do. Here’s why:
Unless your home is 100 percent sealed up and perfectly insulated, heat and humidity can make their way in. If your air conditioner isn’t running, the heat and humidity will build up and turn your home into a sauna, which can seriously damage wood doors, floors, cabinets, and more.
Leaving your air conditioner on when you go on vacation can save your home from serious damage and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. For more energy saving tips or to schedule air conditioner maintenance in Delaware, call Peninsula today!
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