Programmable thermostats have become the standard in new homes, and many homeowners want to use them to maximize energy savings. Maybe you already set back the thermostat while at work and while you are sleeping, but perhaps you wonder what the best thing to do is while on vacation? We have all the answers you need.
First, it is important to know the basics of how a programmable thermostat works. It is basically just a control that will turn the HVAC system on or off to reach a specific temperature. The closer your system is set to the outside temperature, the more energy you will save. This means that lowering your thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer will use less energy.
So, what should you do while on vacation? Is it worth changing the settings, even for a short vacation? Adjusting the thermostat to be closer to the outdoor air will be beneficial no matter how long you are gone, whether it is 2 days or 10 days.
During the winter, a good vacation temperature is between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, your home will remain warm enough that your pipes won’t freeze while you are away, and your heating system will not have to run very much.
If you are leaving during the summer, you can let the temperature in your house get up to 85-90 degrees fahrenheit. You don’t want to let it get so hot that it will affect electronics, sensitive plants, or appliances, but it will save loads of money to not have the air conditioning running much while you are gone.
It is important to remember though that the farther you let the temperature drift from your preferred settings, the longer it will take to bring it back to temperature when you get home.
Whenever you take your next vacation, consider changing your thermostat settings to save yourself a few dollars. As you learn how to use your thermostat to work for you, your energy savings will start to pile up.
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