Summer is around the corner, which means so is travel season! With the kids counting down the days until the last day of school, no doubt you’ve already started thinking about your summer vacation, too. But as you’re making your lodging plans and finalizing your trip details, don’t forget about planning ahead for your home’s needs, like the right thermostat settings, while you’re away.
Vacations are a time to relax, forget about the stressors of life and spend quality time with family, but the can be expensive. So, instead of hurrying out of town, take an extra moment to prepare your home and you could save on energy expenses while you’re away. Who better to turn to for HVAC advice than your local HVAC experts at Point Bay Fuel.
Several factors must be considered to help you determine the right thermostat setting including the length of your getaway, if you have pets at home and weather. Here is a general guideline of energy-saving tips to help you cut costs at your home (or office) this summer while on vacation.
Finding The Right Thermostat Setting
With everyone out of the house for a few days, there’s no reason to keep the AC running full blast. For every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer, you can save 2-3 percent on your electricity bill, so set your thermostat a few degrees higher than you usually would while you’re away. For example, program your thermostat at 85 degrees while you’re away and set it to change the temperature back to 72 on your day of arrival so you and your family can come home to a comfortable environment.
As tempting as it may seem to turn off your air conditioner completely, don’t. If you shut off the AC, your home can turn into a wood damaging, furniture destroying humid oven. Your air conditioner is not only designed to maintain a comfortable temperature for you while you’re at home, but it also draws humidity out of the air.
Also, if pets are left in the home, seek the advice from your veterinarian as to what household temperature would keep them safe, while conserving energy at the same time.
More Steps To Prep Your Home Before You Leave On Vacation
Before you leave, take a few extra measures to help you save some extra energy and keep your home safe while you’re away.
- Shut off the main water supply
- Unplug all electronics and appliances (aka: energy vampires)
- Ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and water indoor and outdoor flowers and plants
- Leave enough food and water for pets that will stay at home
- Use an automatic timer to light rooms at specific times giving the illusion of someone at home
- Lower blinds and close curtains to keep heat from coming inside
Finding The Right Thermostat Settings And Device
Vacations can be costly for a family. Even with all the fun you’re planning, it’s nice to know that by planning ahead with these tips and tricks, you can save while you’re away, too. Call Point Bay Fuel at 732-349-5059 to help you maximize savings with the right thermostat settings and maintain the comfort in your home, day or night.