Should You Turn Off Your HVAC System When You Go on Vacation?

turn off HVAC system when you go on vacation?

Whether you’re planning a winter trip to a destination that’s close to or far from Bullhead City, Arizona, you need to know how to handle your HVAC system while you’re gone. Turning off your heating system entirely will leave your home far too chilly, but maintaining your usual heating schedule will only waste energy. Find out how to set your thermostat to optimize energy efficiency and keep your HVAC system running smoothly while you’re away on vacation.

Don’t Shut Your HVAC System Off

If you want to save on your utility bills, you might be tempted to turn off your HVAC system while you’re away. Since no one will be home to enjoy your nice, warm house, why keep the heating system running? One obvious reason is that your pipes can freeze and burst on cold days. Somewhat less well-known is the fact that the electronic circuitry so common in homes these days can be damaged by water condensation during cold and warm weather cycles.

Dial Back Your Typical Temperature Settings

At Ambient Edge, we recommend you dial back your household’s typical temperature settings. Rather than leaving your thermostat at a comfortable 68 degrees or higher, turn it down 8 to 10 degrees while you’re away. By doing this, you’ll save energy while still protecting your pipes and home appliances.

Heat Up Your Home Before You Return

After a fun winter vacation to a warm destination, the last thing you’ll want to do is return to a chilly house. Instead of waiting until you get home to adjust your thermostat, we suggest setting it to return to 68 degrees about a half hour before you plan to be home. If you have a smart thermostat, just log in to the device when you’re about 30 minutes away and put your heating system back on its usual schedule.

Whether you need tips for improving energy efficiency in your home or you’re in the market for a new heating system, we’re here to help. Call the Ambient Edge team today for all of your heating and cooling needs: 928-377-4631.

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