Everyone knows that a lot of money can be saved by adjusting your thermostat when you’re going to be out of the house on a short vacation or trip. But what should you do if you’re going on an extended vacation or you have a secondary property that is vacant most of the time? In this post we will discuss what you should do that’s easier on your wallet and your property.

A common mistake that homeowners make is thinking they can set the thermostat above 80 degrees in the summer and below 55 degrees in the winter. When a home gets really hot and humid during summer months, the high temperature and humidity can warp wood, strip wallpaper off the wall, and cause various other problems. In the cold winter months, too low of a temperature can mean freezing pipes and damage due to condensation.

To ensure no damage is done to your home while still saving as much as you can on heating and cooling costs, you should upgrade to a smart thermostat. These thermostats can be controlled by your phone or computer wherever you are. You can check weather reports for your vacant home location and adjust accordingly. If humidity is low in the summer, you can set the thermostat a bit above what you normally would, for example.

Temperature regulation is the most effective way to protect your home and your wallet, but there some additional things you can do, as well. In the summer, you can invest in light-blocking blinds or curtains. In the winter, you should drain your plumbing system by shutting off the water and letting residual water come through your faucets.

At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling, we have installed and maintained many HVAC systems in the greater Kalamazoo area. We are bonded and insured and are very proud to be a local business in Southwest Michigan. If you have any questions about residential heating and cooling, give us a call today!