With the end of summer in full swing homeowners are planning their last minute vacation getaways filled with warm weather activities.
As you prep your home before you go on vacation, it’s important to plan on how you manage your air conditioning system during your vacation.
If you’re only going to be gone for a short time, just a day or two, it’s better to keep the air conditioner on, but set at a higher temperature.
This is when a programmable thermostat comes in handy. These devices allow you to set the desired temperature at varying times so that your central air kicks on and off automatically. Turn your thermostat up between seven and 10 degrees higher than normal while you’re away. (If you would like more information on a WIFI controlled thermostat give us a call today at 717-859-2025.)
You can also reduce the strain on your air conditioning unit by closing the curtains before leaving. This will block the afternoon sun and help keep your home a bit cooler.
For longer vacations when no one will be using your home for a week or more at a time, you’ll save the most energy and cost by turning the system off. In this case, you can use your programmable thermostat to begin to cool the home a day or so before your return.
Check the local forecast for the time frame you will be away as the weather plays an important role as to whether to turn the A/C on or off.
If the weather will be relatively mild, it may be best to simply turn the A/C off since there is a minimal risk of heat building up indoors.
If you have any questions, or would like more information on installing a new Air Conditioning unit give us a call today at 717-859-2025.