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What to Set Your Thermostat to When Leaving on Vacation?

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Planning a vacation is not just about packing your bags, booking accommodations, and finding a dog sitter for your pups. One essential detail that often gets overlooked is adjusting your home's thermostat setting. Let's explore how to manage your thermostat when you're away effectively.

Why Adjust Your Thermostat?

Setting your thermostat correctly when you're on vacation can help save energy and reduce your utility bills. There's no need to maintain your usual temperature setting if you or your dogs are not at home to enjoy it. By making this small adjustment, you contribute to energy conservation and also protect your wallet.

Ideal Thermostat Settings for Vacation

The ideal thermostat setting depends on the season. While you’re away during summer, it's recommended to set your thermostat higher than usual. A setting of around 78-82°F should prevent your home from becoming excessively hot while still saving energy.

In winter, aim for a lower setting to save on heating costs. Consider a setting around 50-55°F. This temperature is low enough to save energy yet high enough to prevent pipes from freezing.

Smart Thermostats: An Energy-Efficient Solution

If you want to take energy efficiency to the next level, consider investing in a smart thermostat. These devices allow you to program temperature settings based on your schedule. Some models even learn your habits over time and adjust automatically. Plus, many smart thermostats can be controlled remotely via smartphone apps — perfect for adjusting settings while you're away.

In conclusion, properly managing your thermostat while on vacation can lead to significant energy savings. Remember these tips the next time you plan a trip, and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that you're saving energy and money even while you're away.

Contact the professionals at Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling with any thermostat-related questions or to schedule your HVAC maintenance before your next vacation.

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