you leave on your last, late-summer vacation, donít
forget to give your HVAC system a break too.
your thermostat up a few degrees while youíre gone in
the summer will surely save you some dollars from not
running your air conditioner, but is there an ideal
temperature for your home while youíre away?
according to Wesley Brookover, service manager at
McClintock Heating, Cooling and Electrical in Charlotte,
suggestion for your air conditioning needs: Add four
degrees to the temperature you normally set for your
house while youíre on summer vacation. So, if you
normally set it to 73, bump it up to 77 degrees.
donít get greedy. If you set the thermostat too high,
you might find your own temperature rising when you see
your next electricity bill.
degrees is the sweet spot," Brookover says.
"More than that and you may spend what you save
trying to cool it back down."
cautions thereís an even bigger threat from leaving
your house too warm. "You could damage wall
compounds in Sheetrock if itís too hot and humid in
the house," he says.
humidity also could lead to mildew in the house, and
Brookover says heís even seen refrigerators sweating
when the house is too hot and humid. So you do want to
keep your A/C running at a reasonable pace.
similar rule applies in reverse for cold weather, with
four degrees off your normal home temperature when you
leave for a few days on winter vacation, Brookover says.
the temptation to shut the whole system down while youíre
gone: Any more than four degrees, and your heat pump or
heater has to work too hard to get things toasty again
when you return from out of town.
exception: If you have a gas furnace, which requires
less work to heat homes, you can set the temperature six
to eight degrees lower.
to save even more money? Talk to an HVAC company about
upgrading your thermostat.
thermostat systems give you the power to change your
homeís temperature remotely with smartphone apps,
allowing you to adjust based on changing temps outside.
At the least, you can enter a new setting as you head
back from vacation, so you donít walk into an
uncomfortably muggy or chilly home. Instead, your A/C or
heater will be busily plugging away to get to the new
temperature while you travel back.
the best thing," Brookover says. "Many people
are going to systems like that."
without an app, many programmable thermostats have hold
settings or day and time selections that will allow you
to begin the cooling process again a few hours before