Set your thermostat to save during vacation
If you’re getting ready to rock vacation mode, there’s an excellent opportunity to save yourself some money before you lock up the house. Slightly adjusting the thermostat will give you a little extra spending money, and save your home from the effects of seasonal elements.
Throughout the winter months, the pipes in your home can freeze if your house isn’t kept warm enough. The general rule of thumb is: if it’s freezing outside, it can freeze inside. This doesn’t mean that your home needs to be kept toasty while you’re away, but it does need to stay at a consistent temperature between 10 and 15 C.
While you’re away during the summer months, an ideal thermostat setting will hover between 30 and 32 C. You likely never keep it that warm while you’re at home, but this temperature will give your air conditioning unit a much-needed break using less electricity while you’re away.
Your central system gives you the option for a calendar setting, so you have the ability to preset a date and time for your AC to kick in before you return. The same is true for heat, so there’s no need to return to a frozen home either.
If you’d really like to maximize energy savings in your unoccupied home, it’s time to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled by smartphones (or tablets) from anywhere—allowing you to adjust the thermostat according to current weather happening back at home. This portable, real-time control is convenient, and beneficial—especially if your property will be empty for weeks at a time.
If you want to upgrade to a smart—or other programmable—thermostat before you hit the road, get in touch with us today! We are more than happy to help you prepare the climate in your home, so you can enjoy peace of mind when you’re out of town.
Thermostat management is the most important element in the climate control strategy for a vacant home. Depending on the season—and the length of your trip—there are a few additional things that you can do to keep your home safe and save yourself a few extra bucks. Think about all those umbrella drinks!!!
In winter, the biggest concern is frozen plumbing pipes. An effective safeguard is to drain your plumbing system before any extended absence. Simply shutt off the water main, and then drain the remaining water through all faucets and fixtures.
During the summer, direct sunlight is the primary factor that keeps your home warmer than it needs to be. Make a point of tightly closing all blinds and curtains before you leave. Keep in mind that it’s never a good idea to shut down your HVAC system completely. Sustained heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your home. Drywall, sheetrock, and wood can degrade and warp, and wallpaper can peel around the edges. The heat can also affect delicate items in your home, like artwork, bottled wine, and sensitive electronics.