Knowing what to do with your HVAC when you leave town.
Are you going out of town on a last-minute vacation? If so, have you given any thought into what you should do with your heating and air conditioning equipment?
It would seem like what do should be easy. Since you aren’t going to be home, you should just turn it off, right? That’s actually not the best thing to do. On paper it seems that turning off the equipment while you aren’t there is going to be the best way to save money, but it may actually end up costing you more.
First, we have to remember that your heating and air conditioning system isn’t just in charge of the temperature of your home. Yes, that is the main reason that you have it in your home. But, it actually does so much more. Your HVAC system is in charge of…
- Circulating air
- Controlling humidity
- Controlling indoor allergens and air pollutants
If humidity levels skyrocket while you are gone, it may lead to condensation (i.e. MOLD) issues in your home. Tackling a mold issue could end up costing you so much more than keeping your air conditioner on for the few days you are out of town.
Further, getting your home back to your ideal temperature when you get back in town can be a big energy suck. That’s definitely going to be reflected on your end-of-the-month utility bill.
But, what should you do??
Well, you can turn the thermostat up so that the system is still running at intervals (i.e. dehumidifying) while you are gone, but not consuming as much energy as it would if you were in town. Plus, when you get back home, it won’t take as long to get your home back to temperature.
Did you already know this? What other things do you do around the house before you go on vacation?