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Seasonal air conditioning allows you the best way to save money by manually setting your thermostat to a level eighty degrees in order to remove the humidity from your house, and preventing mold from growing.
What do you do with your air conditioner when you leave for the summer? Like many other snowbirds, you most likely come to Florida as soon as the cold temperatures strike your nose cherry red. Yet, you also don’t want to air condition an empty house or pay for it to run when you’re not around. The best way to save money on this aspect is by manually setting it to a level eighty degrees in order to remove the humidity from your house, and preventing mold from growing. If you live in an apartment, consider manually setting your thermostat to seventy-seven degrees for the same above reason: to remove humidity and to prevent mold from growing in your seasonal abode.
Some people have programmable thermostats and it’s suggested that these people program their thermostats to seventy-two degrees for about two hours before sunrise and sunset, and eighty degrees at any other time. This will also prevent mold by removing excess moisture from your home without leaving humidity out of the equation. Some other tips for saving money and energy for seasonal customers? Always put your a/c on “auto” mode, and don’t leave ceiling fans on when you leave for the summer, as your air conditioner already circulates the air for you.
Other ways to prevent mold in vacant homes is by using dehumidifiers instead of the air conditioner to remove the excess moisture. A floor fan set on low with the doors open can also act as a stand-in humidifier if you don’t feel the need to invest in one for every area of the house. A dehumidifier covers up to one thousand square feet of area. If using one instead of air conditioning, then make sure you set them at a dehumidify rate of fifty-eight percent, and so that the water runs into the drain.
Some other tips for saving money for snowbirds would be to turn off circuit breakers for both the water heater and refrigerator, and ensure that the fridge is clean and the door is left open. Unplug all electronics, and turn off cable or satellite boxes until you return to ensure that you efficiently are not paying for energy you aren’t using. Set your pool pump to run only six hours a day at a time.
While you are away, have someone check on your property every two weeks to ensure that everything is properly maintained and to avoid squatters from moving in. Also, be sure to turn off the main water valve so you save on water.
Seasonal living isn’t for the birds anymore; it’s also for the snowbirds. If you happen to be one of them, be sure to utilize these and many other tips to conserve on energy and to ultimate keep your cost of living down, at least for your seasonal abode. This way, the season can be both abundant and merry, and life, ultimately can be more cheerful in the long run. Who can argue with that sentiment?
Chelsea DeVries is a content writer for GMM Creative. She handles the blog posts for all of the clients. Chelsea DeVries is a freelance writer. She self-published her first YA romance novel Dream Girl at the age of fifteen and the sequel, Jessica’s Choice at the age of sixteen. She is currently working on her nonfiction creative memoir about a near-death experience and hopes to become a publicist. She lives in Port Richey, FL with her family and amazing dogs Hazel and Katrina. One day she hopes to become Hot Chelle Rae’s publicist and a NYT best-selling author. She believes all things are possible with God. To contact her, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or read her personal blog at chellyzlife.blogspot.com.