It’s an age old question, what do you do with your thermostat when you’re away? Should you leave it on so you don’t come home to a boiling home or does it save good money if you don’t? Now some of us have gotten thermostats that regulate themselves, and that’s great, but what about those of us that don’t have that option for one reason or another?
There are different factors that come into play when determining what you should do. With these lists, hopefully you’ll find the right balance for your home.
With pets left at home, you will definitely want to make things comfortable for them but you certainly don’t have to leave it as low as you would with the family around. However if you don’t have pets, you can definitely consider turning your AC off while away.
Length of Time:
For trips that last multiple days, it makes more sense for you to turn your unit off while on vacation. In contrast, you’ll want to leave it on for times when you are away for only a day or two. During these short trips, a temperature of about 80 degrees is recommended. For every degree your thermostat is raised during the summer, you save a small percentage more on your energy bill. While it does put some strain on your system to cool off a hot home upon your return, the money saved keeping things at a higher temperature are worth it. Plus, it helps keep humidity down.
Check the weather before you leave. If super high temperatures are in the forecast, you may want to consider leaving your AC unit on no matter the length of time. That’s because in a hot home, your cooling appliances, such as the refrigerator, can work overtime. In this case, all of the energy you might save from turning off your air conditioner would be taken from other devices working double time to stay cool.
With these tips, you can help reduce your energy bill while on vacation. For more ideas on how you can save money and make your home more energy efficient, check out Oasis Services, LLC. This is just one area they specialize in.
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