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Summer is almost over, which means it’s time for a last minute summer vacation before the sun begins to settle down and some (hopefully) cool weather sets in. However, before you leave for that last minute summer vacation, you may want to let your air conditioner take some time off too.

By changing the settings of your air conditioner or HVAC system before you leave to go on vacation, you can actually lower your utility bills. But how high can you let you’re home’s temperature get while you’re gone? After all, summer isn’t quite over yet.

Knowing how high is too high: living with pets
Before you can know for sure just how high you can let your thermostat get while you’re away, it’s important to know whether or not your pets will be staying in the house. Your pets can’t survive in extreme heat any more than you can, which is why it’s essential for your home to remain at least slightly cool while you’re away.

It’s safe to keep your thermostat as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit as long as the shades are drawn in order to keep the sun from coming in and cooking your home. However, don’t let the thermostat get any higher than that or else it can cause some detrimental effects on your animals’ health.

Knowing how high is too high: when you don’t have pets
However, if you don’t have any animals or if your pets are staying with a friend or relative, it’s safe to let your thermostat get just a bit higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important that you don’t allow your thermostat to turn off while you’re away because the stagnant air inside of your home can turn any room into an oven. This is why it’s often recommended for homeowners to get a fan installed in their attics.

Keep your thermostat around 85 degrees so that your air conditioner will kick in should the air get hotter throughout the day. The circulating air will keep your home from turning into a sauna when you get back from your trip.

Contact your AC repair company
Letting your thermostat rise while you’re away from the home on vacation is a great way to lower your utility bills. However, it’s important that you don’t let your thermostat get too high while you’re away. Stagnant air can be detrimental to your home and especially dangerous when you have animals. Before you leave, contact your AC company to come take a look at your air conditioning unit. HVAC systems should be inspected up to twice a year and now is as good time as any to have it inspected.

Even if you don’t need AC repair, it can be good to have your system looked at by an AC repair service before you go out of town. AC repair services can ensure that your system is working correctly so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking or going awry while you’re away from home. And the less anxiety you have about your house, the more you can relax on your vacation.