Posted: May 8, 2023 by Hey Neighbor
Whether you're going to work for the day or you're going away on vacation for the month, you want to make sure you maximize your AC's efficiency. But how should you set your thermostat while you're away? Our team at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling is here to share our top tips!
Determining the right temperature for your central air conditioning system while you're away can be confusing. Many factors go into this decision, including how long you'll be gone and if your furry family members will be staying home or going away with you.
Naturally, comfort is subjective, but here in hot, humid Ohio, we need all the comfort we can get! Our pros recommend setting your thermostat to around 78° F when you're at work or away on vacation, 74° F when you're at home, and 70° F when you're asleep. You might consider bumping the setting down a couple of degrees if Farfel or Mittens will be having a staycation instead of tagging along with you.
Our team recommends leaving your air conditioner on whether you'll be away for a few days or several weeks. When your air conditioner is turned off for prolonged periods during the summer, your house can become hot and humid. This increased humidity is hard on your furniture, walls, and flooring.
Not only will your air conditioning system prevent damage from occurring if you leave it on, but it's also more energy efficient. When you return home, you'll naturally want the house to be cool and comfortable ASAP. Leaving your AC on uses less power while you're gone and less time to reach your desired temperature than struggling to cool down an overheated living space when you get home.
Generally speaking, you don't want to set your thermostat too high when you're away enjoying that well-earned summer vacation in the Florida Keys. To help you prevent problems, our experts endorse the four-degree rule. It's easy to follow this rule - here's what you do.
When you're going to be away for awhile in the summer, simply set your thermostat four degrees above where you'd set it if you were at home. Likewise, in the winter, subtract four degrees. See? It's easy!
We'd like to offer this reminder as well. Too much heat and humidity will promote mold and mildew growth. You might be tempted to go well beyond the four-degree rule and try to save more money while you're gone, but it may cost you much more in home repairs.
If you want to save money and also be able to change the temperature in your home while you're away, consider installing a smart thermostat. These advanced devices can sense when you're home or away and adjust the temperature for maximum efficiency. In addition, you can access these thermostats remotely with your smartphone and manually adjust them as you see fit. Some models even make automatic adjustments based on the weather outside.
Even better, many smart thermostats can alert you to any heating and cooling system problems, so you'll have peace of mind while you're on vacation.
Ready to install a smart thermostat so you can remotely adjust your home's temperature wherever you are? You can rely on the friendly team of Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling HVAC professionals to get the job done right. We'll help you decide what kind of thermostat is right for your home and locate its optimal placement to ensure maximum efficiency.
Of course, the services we offer go far beyond smart thermostats! Whether you're looking to upgrade your system to a modern, high-efficiency model that'll keep you more comfortable and save you money as well, you're looking to keep your existing system running as long as possible, or you need emergency repair in the middle of the night on a weekend, we're here for you. We never charge after-hours or holiday fees. That's how neighbors should treat neighbors!™
We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.
Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!
Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.
Fast and done right the first time
We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!
The right system for your home
Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.
Protect your investment
While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!
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