Why You Should Keep Your AC on While You’re on Vacation

Jun 8, 2022 | HVAC

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, one of the important things you need to do beforehand is to adjust your AC system. You may think simply turning off your AC to save energy and money is the best decision. After all, your house will be empty. However, unless you live in a mild and dry climate, this is the wrong choice.

Keep Your AC on While You're on Vacation

A/C and Refrigeration, a top provider of HVAC repair services, provides an overview of why it’s best to leave your AC on while you’re on vacation.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn Off Your AC Unit

Leaving your AC system off while you’re away on summer vacation can cause your interior to suffer from excessive heat and humidity. Here are a few issues that may occur should you do so for an extended period:

  • Mold and mildew growth. Air conditioning not only keeps your home cool but also helps to dehumidify the indoor air. Otherwise, you may return from your vacation with your home smelling unpleasant and musty — an indication of mold spores present in the air.
  • Structural damage. Excess heat and humidity can also cause structural damage such as warped wood flooring, peeling paint, deteriorating drywall and swollen door and window frames.
  • Electronics damage. If the humidity levels exceed 60% indoors, it’s possible for some electronic devices to malfunction. 
  • Pet health. If you leave your pets at home while you’re on vacation, be sure to consult your veterinarian about the best temperature for them. Some animals need a temperature lower than 85 degrees to stay comfortable. 

What Temperature to Set Your AC Unit At

Now that you know the importance of leaving your AC system on while you’re away, you need to figure out the ideal temperature. Keep in mind that you don’t need to cool your home as if you were home. In fact, every professional HVAC company recommends aiming for +/-5 degrees from your usual settings. For instance, if you usually set your thermostat to 72 degrees, you can adjust it to 77 for summer. This way, you save money on your energy bills without putting your home, appliances and pets at risk. Another way you can manage your cooling costs while maintaining a healthy indoor climate is by investing in a thermostat with smart capabilities. With a smart thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature with one tap on your smartphone. If you’re not at home, you can adjust the temperature settings based on the weather conditions.

For your summer HVAC needs, look no further than A/C and Refrigeration. Whether you need HVAC installation or maintenance services, rest assured our experts are more than glad to assist you. Call us today at (602) 488-7161 or fill out our online contact form to set up an appointment.