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As a snowbird, you don’t really need or want to run your AC unit when it isn’t necessary or for too long when you aren’t there. You want your house to stay cool but you don’t want to pay for high energy bills in the house you live in up north and the house you live in here in Florida. So what do you set your AC at to keep the house cool but not too cool when you aren’t around?
First consider what type of thermostat you have because the perfect setting varies depending on thermostat type you own. For manual thermostats, the perfect setting is about 77 degrees if you live in a condo and 80 degrees if you live in a house. This setting will prevent mold growth in your home without making your energy bill go way, way up and making you have to take out a loan just to pay it.
For programmable thermostats, or a snowbird’s best friend, consider setting it to 72 for two hours each morning prior to sunrise and then 88 the rest of the day. This is to prevent mold growth when the air is cooler and humidity is highest.
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?
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— Romark A/C & Plb (@Romarkservices) November 18, 2015