Since you won’t be home to enjoy the cool air while you’re on vacation, it’s tempting to consider shutting your A/C off while you’re gone. But to avoid interior damage in your home, you’ll want to maintain a fairly consistent indoor temperature while you’re away.
Air conditioning doesn’t just cool down your home, it also controls humidity levels. For optimum comfort and health, the humidity in your house should be no higher than 50%. If more than that, you may experience potential common condensation and humidity problems, including mold, musty smells and odors, peeling paint, and even warping of wood furniture, floors, and cabinetry.
Although refrigerators and freezers are made to maintain cold environments, they require a certain ambient temperature range in order to function properly. A temperate environment aids them in their normal operation, while an environment that is too hot will overwork your fridge and other large appliances. By turning off your air conditioner, you could be increasing your energy bills and increasing the rate at which your appliances wear out. Not only that, high temperatures inside the home could actually spoil food in your pantry.
Allowing your home to reach high ambient indoor temperatures can also affect certain electronics. It can cause circuitry to melt, motors to become damaged, and screens to crack.
There’s no need to cool your entire home the same way you normally do – simply turning your thermostat up will suffice. Setting it somewhere between 83-86 degrees should be satisfactory. This setting will run your air conditioner enough to remove excess humidity and keep the contents of your home safe. If you use a programmable thermostat, look for a “vacation”, “hold” or “away” function. These settings will help reduce your cooling costs while you’re away and will ensure a comfortable environment just in time for your return home.
For more information, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174