To escape the dry Phoenix-area weather, many of you will probably be going on vacation for a few weeks.
So should you turn off your air conditioner to lower your electricity bill?
Well, it depends on this one important factor:
Think about expensive items that could be harmed by heat damage while you’re gone.
For instance, extreme heat can warp or crack fine wooden furniture or cabinets.
Think long and hard about other items that could be harmed- because saving money on electricity isn’t worth ruining something expensive in your home.
If you do feel like you need to keep your air conditioner on, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure it doesn’t run more than it needs to while you’re away.
To do that, you’ll want to follow this to-do list:
Whether you turn your thermostat up or just turn your air conditioner off, you’re not going to want to return to a hot, humid home after your vacation.
A programmable thermostat is your best friend in this situation.
You can select the “vacation hold” setting which will set the thermostat on higher temperatures for the days you’ll be gone and then a return the temperature to normal on the day you return.
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