How To Monitor Your Home With A Programmable Thermostat While Away On Vacation

Programmable thermostats can help vacationing homeowners save energy and keep their homes safe. There’s no need to use energy on cooling if the house is empty, and think of the extra cash you could use on vacation!Many homeowners raise the settings of their programmable thermostats when the house is empty during the day, and when residents are sleeping at night. You can safely plug in those settings for the entire duration of your trip, and may even be able to raise them a few degrees further, assuming you’re not leaving pets or plants at home.

How high or low should your settings be? That’s really up to you, but here’s some general advice:

  • If you’re going on a summer trip, about 80 degrees Fahrenheit can reduce the amount your air conditioning system will run, while not causing any real household problems.
  • For a winter trip, try a setting of around 60 degrees. It’s a cool temperature, but safe enough to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Before you set a program, you might want to look into the upcoming weather forecasts for the days you’ll be away. If an oppressive and humid heat wave is on its way, avoid setting programmable thermostats too far ahead. This can create humidity problems, which can cause paint or wallpaper to peel, water marks on walls or ceilings, and mold growth. It only takes 24 hours for mold to develop. Checking the forecast in winter is important because you wouldn’t want to come home to frozen pipes and property damage.

What kind of savings can you expect?
The Department of Energy’s rule of thumb is that you can save about 1 percent for each degree you set your programmable thermostat ahead (or back, in winter). This works best if you hold those settings for at least eight hours, but if you’ll be out of town, that won’t be an issue. If you’re interested in the benefits programmable thermostats can offer, call Simpson Air. We’re happy to help Tampa Bay homeowners save energy whether they’re out of town or staying home!