Summer break is a great time to take a vacation. Kids are off of school, and the weather is nice in many popular vacation spots, especially across the U.S. In Illinois, temperatures can get pretty hot during the summer months, so if you're going to be gone for several days or more on vacation, here are 3 things to know about setting your thermostat while you're away:
1. When you're traveling, you can save money on your cooling bills by setting your thermostat four to six degrees higher than its normal setting. It's important to not set it much higher than that, because you could use a lot more energy trying to cool it back down when you return from your trip.
2. There are other reasons for not setting your thermostat too high while you're out of town. Temperature-sensitive building components, like the compounds in Sheetrock, can become damaged if it becomes too hot and humid inside the house. Excessive humidity can also cause mold and mildew to grow inside the home, and the refrigerator can begin to sweat and malfunction.
3. A great way to control the temperature inside the home when you're on vacation is to install a programmable thermostat. Newer systems allow homeowners to adjust the home's thermostat remotely via a smartphone app. If you have (or purchase) a programmable thermostat without an app, you can still select settings for different times of day so the air conditioner doesn't have to work too hard. You can also set the system to begin cooling the home just a few hours before you're scheduled to return.
The further you allow your home's indoor temperature to change from its normal setting, the longer (and more energy) it will take for the house to recover and return to a comfortable temperature. Don't let your home get warmer than 85 degrees in the summer.
For more information, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174