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Old 03-21-2020, 02:16 PM
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Please help me understand maximum temperature that makes sense to leave a patio villa at in the summer months while we are away. Any negative experiences you have had setting it at a certain temperature would be helpful too. I couldn't find any existing posts with this information.
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leave mine 82 with 55% humidity setting and my fans on low circulate the air close all blinds
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We leave ours at 81. Anything above 83 and you are likely to get too much humidity, which could lead to mold issues. We also leave a couple of dehumidifiers that drain into sinks or tubs with the relative humidity set at 60%. If our AC is working properly they should never need to run, but they are there as a cheap insurance policy should our AC unit die as a way to help control the humidity. So far no problems over several summers. We do get to our home at least once every summer just to check on things and we also check on a friends home, and they return the favor when they periodically visit their home. We are not Snowbirds, but rather part time residents that come and go throughout the year whenever we can ditch our responsibilities up north for enough time to make it worth the travel.
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Not a snowbird but if I were, I would set it @80.
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I keep mine at 82
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Assume you do not have a separate humidifier. I would use 80 from say 6am to 12 midnight. Then say 70 from midnight to 6am. The idea is to dehumidify the home with the night setting.
Try it for a night and see what it does for your homes humidity.
My experience is that the home is usually over 60% in the summer with the temp set at about 76. I use a separate dehumidifier to keep it under 60%
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We've done 82 and 83. But we think our thermostat in this current house is a couple degrees off. So it's probably more like 80. We've never left the fans on and have never had a problem with mold. The only thing we ever had a problem with was tiny little brown bugs in flour and paprika. So now I throw all that out.
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I was advised by my MD not to have the temps at over 75 due to the fact that Florida has a high percentage of mold.
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Maybe install a Wifi thermostat. You can install yourself, buy at Lowe's for $200 depending on model.

Then vary temp remotely.
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When we are away in the summer, I set the temperature air to come on if it’s 80 or more inside and if the humidity goes over 60%. I’ve done that for six years and things have been fine. I have someone coming over and checked the house generally every two weeks. It’s a big investment and you want to keep it safe.
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Please help me understand maximum temperature that makes sense to leave a patio villa at in the summer months while we are away. Any negative experiences you have had setting it at a certain temperature would be helpful too. I couldn't find any existing posts with this information.
Something that hasn't been talked about is the AC drain, it needs to be flushed/cleaned prior to you leaving. We have seen to many of our neighbors homes with water damage from the drain backups.
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The temperature is not the important issue it’s the humidity. Have your HVAC guy install a humidistat. It turns the air on based upon humidity not temperature
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