Leaving your desert home behind for the summer?
The end of winter is upon us, and this is when all of our beautiful snowbirds start packing up to head back north. It’s also the best time to check on all your appliances to get things ready for the crazy hot summers. A particularly tricky area of concern is what to leave your thermostat’s temperature at?
There are many options to consider. What are you leaving behind? Do you have someone checking the house while you’re gone and how often? Do you have a strict budget to adhere to?
Some ideas for you thermostat.
When you leave your house for an extended period, it’s best to take the temperature down to the warmest setting that your home can tolerate. Even though you won’t be home, you still need to consider the items in your home. Are you leaving your refrigerator on? Do you have plants or expensive artwork?
According to Consumer Reports, for each degree that you raise your thermostat will save you about 3% on your air conditioning costs. They go on to say that it’s about 86 degrees to leave your thermostat at when you are away from home. However, since you won’t be home for many months, this temperature can go higher as long as there’s nothing in your home that cannot withstand desert temperatures. (You will need to check your refrigerator manual and any electronics to see what a safe temperature is and accommodate these items accordingly.)
Did You Know? One of the most cost-effective energy conservation measures, for both heating and cooling, is to add extra ceiling insulation. Increase its depth to a full 12 inches. – American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
A great idea is to have a thermostat that is programmable to keep your air conditioner easily regulated. There are even ACs that can be programmed with your phone or computer wifi. You can move it down on the days where’s it especially hot and move it back when it cools down – in the case of the Mohave desert it would just be “less hot.”
At ADD Air, we want to help you with the best HVAC system you can have. We can assess your current system and let you know how to improve to regulate the temperature of your home properly and efficiently. (928) 768-9825