Should I Turn My Thermostat Off When Traveling for the Holidays?

Don’t forget a winter coat, set the alarm, lock the doors… As you’re going through your final travel checklist, you might be wondering what to do about the thermostat while on vacation. Your first instinct might be to turn it off to save energy, but that’s not the wisest solution.

Going out of town? Turn the heater down

The main reason for turning your heater down, but not off, is to keep pipes from freezing. Lower your thermostat to between 50 and 60 degrees, based on weather projections for when you’ll be out of town.

Alternatively, turn your AC up

Air conditioners remove humidity as well as regulate the temperature in your home. If your house gets too humid, you can run into these preventable problems:

  • Mold growth
  • Mildew smells and odors
  • Peeling paint
  • Food spoiling
  • Bacteria growing

Set your AC to around 82 degrees and your house and humidity levels should be fine.If you’d like to save money and energy while travelling this holiday season, here’s a list of energy savings tips from the US Department of Energy.

Before you leave for your winter vacation, it’s always a good idea to have your AC and heating system tuned up. Schedule an appointment online with Coolray today!

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