During the hotter parts of the year, it’s understandable that you’ll want to get away and soak up the sun for a while. However, it would be best if you did not overlook the importance of cooling your home while you are on vacation. Doing so will mean you’ll come back to a comfortable home.
Why You Should Cool Your Home
Circulating cool air throughout your home while you’re gone is better for your air conditioning system. It ensures that your AC will have an easy time cooling your home both while you’re away and when you return. The alternative situation is that the heat builds up for days, and then your AC will have to work extremely hard to cool your home later, causing a spike in your energy bill and stress on your system.
Health is also an excellent reason to cool your home while you’re on vacation periodically. If your home is by itself in the heat for days, there is a higher chance of humidity building up. This moistened environment will invite bugs, bacteria, and fungus into your home. Breathing in this filthy air can become extremely harmful very fast to those with preexisting respiratory conditions in your home.
The fabric and wooden objects in your home are vulnerable to humid environments as well. Warped floors, foul odors on your furniture, and damp surfaces are just a few things you could return home to after your vacation. So do yourself a favor this summer and find a way to circulate cool air throughout your home for a little bit of time each day while you’re away.
Your Thermostat Settings
To correctly cool your home while you’ve got your toes in the sand, you will need to have an awareness of the temperature outside in the days that you will be gone. If you have a traditional thermometer, you should set your thermostat to a few degrees below the average daily high. Doing this may not keep your home cool, but it will keep it a safe medium.
The goal of setting the degree just a bit below the high is only to have your air conditioner running for a few hours a day. By doing this, you will save money and prevent humidity by circulating just enough air through your home. It is possible that there are outliers with unusual extreme highs within your vacation time that would throw off that equation, so you will need to watch out for those.
If You Have Pets
If you are leaving your pets behind, be sure to keep them in consideration. You’ll want them to be safe and comfortable while you’re away, and that means keeping your home at a reasonable temperature. Ask your veterinarian about the temperature needs of your pet, as well as anything else that you may have to do while they are home alone.
If You Have Plants
A sudden change in the atmosphere of your home is potentially detrimental to plant life. For example, if your house were to become entirely too warm, it could cause substantial damage to the plants in your home. Between 60 and 75 degrees is usually fine for most plants, but be sure to do your research on your plants so that you won’t end up coming back to an unfortunate surprise.
Programmable Thermostats Make Things Easier
A modern programmable thermostat will make cooling your home while you’re out having fun not so much of a chore. With it, you won’t worry about having to set everything up just right before you leave. You can set things up beforehand or adjust the air conditioning system in your home while you’re on the go.
With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule a time block of a few hours a day to cool your home to whatever temperature you choose. You won’t have to worry about your pet sitter forgetting to turn the AC back on or stress over an unexpected spike in heat. Although a traditional thermostat will work just fine, a programmable one makes things a lot easier.
The best way to ensure that your home is in the right hands while you’re on vacation is to make sure all of your parts are working correctly. Ask yourself when the last time it was that your system had a tune-up. A heating and cooling expert will check your system and help you make sure you’re good to go this summer.
At Texas Air Authorities, we believe in protecting your Arlington home while you’re away. We offer affordable, top-notch customer service and our 5-star service guarantee ensures that your time with us is as pleasant as possible. Our team provides repair, installation, and maintenance for furnaces and air conditioners. In addition, we can help with your indoor air quality needs. Call us today if you would like a tune-up, and we will see to all your needs.
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