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Old 05-05-2019, 08:09 AM
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What is a good temp to set the thermostat at while on vacation during the summer months?
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:19 AM
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:00 AM
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When I was a snowbird I would set mine at 87 during the day and 84 at night, that way the ac would always come. On once a day to circulate the air. Never had a mold or mildew problem. This only works if you have a programmable thermostat.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:15 AM
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There is a de-humidify setting that will over-cool the temperature setting by about 3 degrees when the humidity is high. So, if you set the temperature to 82, it will cool the house down to 79 only when the humidity goes above the humidity setting.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:16 AM
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And keep the ceiling fans on low just to keep the air circulating
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:40 AM
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And keep the ceiling fans on low just to keep the air circulating
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I advise against this. First the enemy of a vacant home is mold. Ceiling fans do not inhibit mold, dry air does.

Your goal is 60% or less.

I have a humidity monitor, anything above 84 routinely trips the alarm.

Second point on the ceiling fans: if you run four at low you will consume 57.6 KwH of electricity. This is a 80% increase in your vampire electricity load. It is simply a waste of money. Use that money to run your ac an extra 23.5 hours in a month.

How do I know this? I have a electricity monitor which checks the draw 10,000 times a second. It has been helpful to discuss or decide the benefits of electricity usage, as well as identify problems.
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Old 05-05-2019, 09:57 AM
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I advise against this. First the enemy of a vacant home is mold. Ceiling fans do not inhibit mold, dry air does.

Your goal is 60% or less.

I have a humidity monitor, anything above 84 routinely trips the alarm.

Second point on the ceiling fans: if you run four at low you will consume 57.6 KwH of electricity. This is a 80% increase in your vampire electricity load. It is simply a waste of money. Use that money to run your ac an extra 23.5 hours in a month.

How do I know this? I have a electricity monitor which checks the draw 10,000 times a second. It has been helpful to discuss or decide the benefits of electricity usage, as well as identify problems.
I had my AC set on 81, with the ceiling fans (3), on low for six months at minimal expense. To each his own.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:29 AM
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What is a good temp to set the thermostat at while on vacation during the summer months?
Install a humidistat. That way you can set your a/c to 80F and it will only kick in when the humidity is high (which is what causes mold). Leave the fans off.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:35 AM
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What is a good temp to set the thermostat at while on vacation during the summer months?
Cool "Hold" temp at 82

Humidity 58-60%

No ceiling fans
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:51 AM
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Low 80's should work. The point of the AC being on is to reduce the humidity in the air and thus reduce the possibility of mold. I have read a few articles on setting the AC to the low 70's from say midnight to 6 am to dehumidify the air. Thus dehumidifying the air once a day.
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