To escape the dry Denver-area weather, many of you will probably be going on vacation for a few weeks. Should you turn off your air conditioner to lower your electricity bill? Makes sense, right? Well, it depends on one factor. Thankfully at Premier Heating & Air, we’re the air conditioning repair and replacement experts in Denver and we know what you need to do with your air conditioning when you leave for summer vacation.

Firstly, consider this: Do you have things in your home that can be damaged by extreme heat? 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.

We suggest you follow this “to do” list before you leave on vacation with your air conditioner on:

  1. Turn up the thermostat setting (SRP suggests setting it at 85 to 87 degrees)
  2. Add shade outside all sun-struck windows. If you stop the sun before it has a chance to warm up the window’s glass, you’ll will reduce the amount of heat entering your home.
  3. Close your interior blinds and drapes to block out the sun.
  4. Place several large buckets of water in your bathtub to help add moisture to your home. Ask one of your neighbors to refill the buckets as needed.

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. Interested in having a programmable thermostat installed in your home? Call Premier Heating & Air today.