You have a lot to handle when you’re getting ready for vacation. As you’re preparing your home for an extended absence, make sure to address your HVAC settings. Preparing your home properly for your time away will ensure that you have a clean, comfortable space to return to when you get back. Try these tips for effective air conditioner settings while you’re gone.

Choose Energy-Efficient Settings for HVAC

While you’re away from home, you can afford to choose thermostat settings that are a bit warmer than what you might be comfortable with when you’re in the house. Consider setting your home temperature at least five to 10 degrees warmer than what it would usually be. If you have a programmable thermostat, adjust all the settings so you’re consistently using this higher temperature. There’s no need for adjustments throughout the day when you’re gone. Maintaining a steady temperature is more efficient than adjusting it throughout the day.

Handle Your Home’s Humidity

Don’t turn your air conditioner off entirely when you leave. Your AC system doesn’t just cool the home, it also provides dehumidification. Circulating cool air throughout the home will keep moisture levels low so you don’t have to deal with the potential damage that high humidity can cause when this dampness is allowed to linger in the home for long periods. Managing humidity levels will also keep your home fresh, so you don’t return to an unpleasant musty odor.

Keep Pets Cool

If you’re leaving pets at home, make sure your HVAC settings are adequate to keep them comfortable. While your animals can likely manage with temperatures that are a bit higher than what you prefer, they shouldn’t be left in a stuffy and sweltering environment. Comfort needs vary by animal, so speak with your vet to learn more about the healthiest temperature for your companion.

Make sure your HVAC system is in top condition before you leave for your vacation. If you haven’t scheduled your annual maintenance visit, do so now. Contact our technicians at AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services by calling 843-277-9928.

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