With the summer heat on its way, many of us are starting to think about our vacation plans. And with those thoughts comes a big decision: should we turn off the air conditioning in our home while we’re gone? It can be an expensive choice-especially if you live somewhere that has high electricity costs and it’s going to be hot outside. So what’s a homeowner to do?
Managing Central A/C While on Vacation
The question of whether to keep your home’s central air conditioning running or turn it off while you’re on vacation can be a tough one. Here are some factors that might help you decide:
-Do you have someone at home who can check-in and make sure the A/C is still working?
-What will the temperature forecast be like when we return from our trip? Will there be any chance that temperatures could get up into the 90s Fahrenheit for more than two days before we come back? (This would indicate higher risk.)
If your answer to these questions is no, then yes–it’s probably better to turn off your central air conditioner so it doesn’t run unnecessarily during this time period.
However, the more widely recommended option is to turn the thermostat up while away, not off.
Length of Vacation
If you’re only going to be gone for a few days, it might be best to turn the A/C off. However, if you’re going to be gone for a week or more, then turning up your thermostat will help keep energy bills down and maybe even save some money–but always use common sense!
You may be surprised to learn that cooling an empty house can actually waste energy and make your air conditioner work harder. If you use a thermostat, there’s no need to set it below what the room should feel like when you’re home since doing so will only cause unnecessary strain on your AC unit while also making maintaining humidity levels more difficult. Keep in mind these tips for saving money!
Setting the temperature on a programmable thermostat is an easy way to save money. With these nifty little devices, you can set your desired temperature at varying times so that it kicks off and back on automatically as needed! Simply use this handy device when you’re away from work or school by setting the thermostat up to 10 degrees higher than normal while gone.
Other Factors to Consider
*The cost of cooling your home: If you’re running the AC constantly while away, then it’s costing more to cool.
*Tips for saving money: set a higher thermostat when gone; lower wattage bulbs and/or use natural light sources where possible (avoid turning on lights).
Other Steps to Take Before Vacation
Turn off the main water supply and schedule a neighbor or landscaper to water indoor and outdoor plants.
If you own a cat or dog, make sure to leave your pet with enough food and water.
It’s a good idea to have someone else pick up your daily mail. That way, you won’t miss important notices from the bank or other institutions and they will be more likely to process them if there is an issue with your account.
Did you know that only 8% of the electricity in your home is used by electronics when they are turned off? So next time, unplug things like TVs and stereos while on vacation.
Rather than leaving a light on all the time, use a timer to turn lights on and off during certain times of the day. This will save you energy costs and make it appear that someone is home.
We are here to help you with your air conditioning questions. Do I turn off my home’s AC when I go on vacation? This is a question we get all the time! The answer depends on where you live and what type of climate control system you have in place.
Here at Evergreen Services, our team can evaluate your environment and make recommendations for how best to manage it while away. Give us a call or contact us online today if this is something that has been bothering you.