Should I Turn My AC Off When I’m on Summer Vacation?

 

Most of us have vacations and get aways planned for the upcoming summer months. Maybe it’s the beach, or the mountains, or even a far away destination. We can be gone anywhere from a day to months! With our minds focused on the destination, the last thing we tend to think about is our air conditioning units.

Turning Your Unit Completely Off Can Actually Cause Issues to Your Home!

Your air conditioner not only cools the air, but also dehumidifies it. If you leave your AC off too long, humidity levels rise. Here’s a few things that can happen where there is too much humidity in your home:

  • Corrode or cause short circuits in electrical equipment
  • Cause wallpaper to peel
  • Warp your wood flooring, doors and cabinets
  • PROMOTES MOLD GROWTH (YUCK! The key to preventing mold growth is keeping moisture low preferably between 40% to 60%).

According to the U.S Department of Energy, “If you live in a hot climate, it is best not to set your thermostat higher than 85 to 90 degrees F to protect any temperature-sensitive building components or appliances, like your refrigerator.”

We recommend setting your thermostat between 76-80 degrees F in Northeast Tennessee.

Want to come home to a cool home after Vacation?

 
Now you know how to set the thermostat when you go on vacation. But you don’t want to come home to an oven, right?

That’s why you should get a programable thermostat that comes with a vacation mode. Or even better, a blue tooth/wi-fi capable thermostat (i.e. Nest).  That way by the time you get home, your family can come home to comfort, not an oven.

Call for more information today! 423-416-221

 

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