If you’re planning to go on vacation, your thoughts might lean toward packing your suitcase and ensuring all your travel arrangements are in order. But you’ll also want to prepare the house for your departure as well.
One common question people share is this: What should I my thermostat to while on vacation? Your goal may be to save money, but don’t be tempted to completely turn off your HVAC system. The furnace or air conditioner still needs to run a little to avoid excessive heat or cold, depending on the season. Here’s what you have to know about setting your thermostat when you leave on vacation.
If you’re on vacation at the peak of summer, you can expect the temperature inside your house to increase as it gets warmer outside each day. If you don’t have air conditioning, the temperature can easily exceed 90 degrees inside—not exciting news if you’re concerned about sensitive belongings.
A good rule of thumb is to raise the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees higher than you usually do over the course of the day without exceeding 85 degrees. This is the perfect compromise between saving energy and protecting the interior of your home.
If you have a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat, remember that a “temporary” hold will resume your standard schedule at the next programmed time. So you need to use the “permanent” or “vacation” hold setting when going out of town to make sure your chosen temperature sticks.
To determine the ideal thermostat setting when taking a trip in the winter, follow the same method proposed above, but in reverse—that is, set the temperature 5 to 10 degrees lower than you usually do over the course of the day without slipping below 60 degrees.
The biggest reason to heat your home while you’re away is to minimize the risk of frozen pipes. Any plumbing that runs along exterior walls and through unheated spaces is the most at risk. Keeping the temperature at 60 degrees or warmer reduces this risk. Another wise idea is to leave the cupboard doors open to help warm air circulate around the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. You might also want to turn off the water at the primary shut-off valve to prevent a plumbing emergency while you’re away.
If you don’t already have a Wi-Fi or “smart” thermostat, this can be a great time to upgrade. The latest advancements in thermostat technology offer outstanding benefits, both while you’re at home and away.
For example, you can check in on the temperature remotely using your tablet or smartphone. Find out how frequently the AC or furnace has been running in your absence as it sustains the temperature you set before you left. If you’re not happy with what you see, you can adjust the thermostat from anywhere via your internet-enabled device. You can even set a comfortable temperature to resume when you’re about an hour away from home.
For even more peace of mind, Wi-Fi thermostats alert you of unforeseen environmental changes, like a higher-than-expected temperature or excessive moisture while you’re away from home.
Keep these factors in mind to make sure your home is good to go before leaving on your trip:
Whether you need to address thermostat-related questions or are looking to schedule HVAC maintenance before your tropical vacation, the HVAC pros at Falso Service Experts are here to help. We can point you to a new thermostat for your needs and even install it and show you how it works. Our services cover all your HVAC needs, from maintenance and repair to installation and replacement. Contact us today to ask questions or request a visit from one of our qualified heating and cooling technicians.
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