Should I Turn My AC Off While On Vacation?
If you leave your home for an extended period, like on vacation, it is tempting to turn your AC system off. After all, why cool a house that no one is in? On the surface, that makes sense, but in reality, the answer is a bit more complex.
When you completely shut down your air conditioner, the temperature inside your house will eventually equal the temperature outside. During the summer, everything in your home will retain the outside temperature, including your furniture, walls, ceiling, appliances, clothing, carpet, etc.
Prevent Overuse of your AC System
When you return from vacation and turn on your AC system, your air conditioner will have to run for an extended period not only to cool the air but also to cool everything in your home back down to a comfortable temperature. This can cause unnecessary damage to your HVAC system and cost you more money on electricity or gas.
In addition, while your air conditioner is off, your refrigerator will have to work much harder to keep your food cold and safe if the temperature in your home is excessive.
The Take Away
Maintaining that +/- 5° thermostat Sweet-Spot with a programmable thermostat will help reduce premature failure of your AC system, reduce energy costs, and keep yourself living in extreme comfort for seasons to come.