Consider Thermostat Settings Carefully For Vacant Homes

Protect your property. Some homeowners make the mistake of thinking that longer absences mean you can set the thermostat a little higher in the summer, but the opposite is actually true. Summer heat and moisture can warp wood, peel wallpaper and wreak other havoc around your home. The longer this is allowed to continue, the more damage can occur. So no matter how long you’ll be away, you don’t want to set your thermostat above 85 degrees in the summer.

Get smart. If you really want to maximize your energy savings in an unoccupied home, this could be the perfect reason to upgrade to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled by smartphones or tablets from virtually anywhere in the world, so it’s just like sticking your thermostat in your pocket and taking it with you. This portable, real-time control can be beneficial to anyone with a smartphone, but it especially makes sense for unoccupied properties.

On your way out. Thermostat management is the most important element in your climate control strategy for a vacant home. But depending on the season, there are a few additional things you can do to keep your home safe and save a few extra bucks. During the summer, sunlight is one of the primary factors keeping your home warmer than it needs to be. So, make a point to tightly close all blinds and curtains before you leave!