If you’re heading off for a vacation this summer, your instinctive inclination may be to turn off your HVAC system completely. After all, nobody’s going to be home, right?
Actually, it’s not recommended that you shut down your indoor climate control system altogether when you go away on vacation. Doing so can trigger a spike in your home’s humidity levels, which can lead to a whole host of problems, including mold spores and possible structural damage, particularly if you’re going to be away for a while. Sealing off your home and shutting down your air conditioner can also contribute to diminished indoor air quality, not to mention the discomfort of stepping back into a stuffy house full of stale air.
A programmable thermostat offers an ideal solution to this dilemma. These helpful accessories allow you to run your HVAC equipment on a set schedule, meaning that you can keep your air conditioning and whole-house dehumidifier running at low but safe levels for the duration of your vacation to ensure you return to a comfortable house that isn’t suffering with polluted air and high humidity.
There are several types of programmable thermostats available, and to choose the one that’s best for you, it’s important that you consider your regular weekly and weekend routines in addition to your holiday schedule. You can get thermostats which can be programmed to run a single cooling schedule day in and day out, while others allow you to create unique programs for weekdays and weekends, or even unique schedules for every day of the week. Digital programmable thermostats give you the most control over your indoor environment, offering a wider range of features than electro-mechanical alternatives. They are affordable, easy to install and use. Best of all, they can lead to permanent savings on your utility bills.
If you have questions about programmable thermostats, or if you’d like to learn more about the products we have in stock, please contact us at All Year Heating, Air & Solar. We serve customers throughout the greater Sacramento area.
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