What Is the Ideal Home Thermostat Temperature While You Travel?

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The thermostat temperature that you run in your home on a daily basis should get a bit of a shakeup when you decide to take an extended travel break. While there are certain things you can do to help regulate the temperature aside from making adjustments on the HVAC itself, you’ll definitely need to do things differently.

In this article, we explore how to tell what the ideal temperature is for you and your home. Let’s begin! 

Consider How Long You Will Be Gone

When pondering what temperature to set the thermostat when on vacation, you have to first consider the trip itself. How long will you be gone? 

If you’re like the average American, it will be for around four days. Then again, you might choose to take all of your vacation time at once. 

All such decisions have a bearing on the temperature you choose. You can end up using more energy trying to get your home regulated to its core temperature upon your return. The longer you’re away, the worse the problem.

Factor In Seasonal Temperatures

Your AC temperature while on vacation will vary depending on whether you’re in the middle of a hot or cold cycle. Livingston runs, on average, from a high of 78 degrees to a low of 57 (Fahrenheit). 

Your home’s HVAC system may not need a lot of adjustment if you’re on the low end. On the high end, you might need to take steps to ensure the temperature doesn’t get too high while you’re away.

This decision will vary by whatever season you’re traveling. Find the sweet spot by starting before your vacation. Experiment by setting the thermostat at a temperature you know won’t cut on, then see what the temperature is when you get home from work.

Who Is Watching Your Home

The best temperature to set a thermostat in summer (when most people head out on their vacations), is contingent on whether anyone will be there to watch your home. For example, you might choose to leave the dogs at home and hire a housesitter. 

In this case, you’ll want to keep the temperature at around its normal level. If it’s just an empty house, then experiment with the extremes and keep your home at around 80 degrees.

Aging Pipes Or Other Infrastructure

The best temperature to set a thermostat in winter could be contingent on the infrastructure of your home, particularly the pipes. If pipes stay too cold for too long, they could burst, causing damage to the interior of your home as well as the need for an expensive plumbing project. 

If you’re going to be gone during the winter for four or more days, try to keep things warm enough to prevent pipe bursting. We recommend not going any lower than 63 degrees. 

Your HVAC System

The thermostat temperature range you select also could be adjustable based on the type of thermostat that you have. Smart thermometers, for example, are highly customizable and can keep temperatures at different settings depending on need.

Older HVAC systems, especially those in need of a replacement soon, can be more subject to malfunctioning. That’s especially true when they’re not getting used regularly.

Thermostat Temperature Settings Are Important When Traveling

The thermostat temperature you choose should be considered carefully. Reach your decision after you weigh in factors like HVAC system, geographical location, and the existing infrastructure of the home. 

Wondering if your system is in shape for an extended trip? Why not contact Best Air Conditioning & Heating today for a checkup and to discuss any concerns you may have? We’re here to help!