What Vacation Thermostat Settings Work Best?

Going out of town? Just before you lock the house and leave, make sure you use your vacation thermostat settings to save money while you're gone. Because you really shouldn't pay for maximum comfort when you aren't around to enjoy it!

Set Your Vacation Thermostat Setting & Save

Summer is here! For many folks, that means packing up the car and heading to the beach or the lake or wherever it is you like to go to relax. That also means your house will be empty for a week or two.

Now, obviously, you don't want to pay to keep the house maximally cool when you're gone. Or warm if you prefer more wintry vacations. Which is why you should come up with your own vacation thermostat settings. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can have these settings ready to go before you leave. Plus, you can order the air conditioning to come back on and cool the house down on the day you're set to arrive!

Of course, you might not know what your vacation thermostat settings ought to be. Should you turn the air conditioner off completely? Do you set in on 85 or 90? If it's winter, what do you do?

Your Preferred Vacation Thermostat Settings

As with most HVAC thermostat things, where you should set your vacation thermostat setting depends on where you live. Many homeowners can just turn the air conditioner off completely during a summer vacation. But not when you have high humidity! Mold runs wild in a hot, humid climate. Which is bad. Turn the thermostat up to about 85. The air conditioner should still run enough to moderate the humidity while still saving you money.

What about in winter? Our rule for a vacation thermostat setting: never turn the heat off completely. With no heat, pipes freeze and burst when the temperature drops too low. This is bad enough when you're at home. It can be a disaster when you're not. Set the heat on about 50 degrees. That should be more than sufficient to keep things from going terribly wrong.

Still worried about the heat going out while you're gone? Turn off the water valves to your appliances. This won't save you money, but it could save you a headache in a worst case scenario.

Do you have your own vacation thermostat settings?

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