Florida is a hot spot for snowbirds to flock. However, before you lock the doors of your seasonal home for the next six months, you’ll want to make sure you make these important air conditioning unit adjustments.

You never want to skip these steps before leaving your house unattended for extended periods of time. Improper AC settings can elevate the humidity within your home. This creates the perfect environment for mildew and mold to grow, and you certainly don’t want these unwelcomed house guests to settle in while you’re gone.

Where to Set Your Thermostat

The ideal temperature depends on what kind of thermostat you have within your home. Digital thermostats like the Nest are becoming more popular thanks to their ability to remotely control the temperature within a home via an app on the owner’s phone. This technology gives you more control over your home while you’re away, allowing you to save money. If you have this option, then plan to set your thermostat to 72 degrees for two hours before sunrise every morning and 88 degrees for the rest of the time.

If you use a traditional thermostat that requires you to adjust the temperature manually, then you’ll have to stick with one setting for the duration of your absence. 80 degrees is the recommended setting for individual homes, while condos and townhouses should dip to a slightly lower 77 degrees.

This allows your air conditioning unit to run without producing mold-friendly levels of humidity.

Additional Ways to Reduce Humidity:

Air conditioners use moisture to manage the temperature within a designated environment. It controls the level of humidity within your home, but it won’t eliminate it entirely. Even after you set your thermostat to a manageable temperature, it helps to go the extra mile. Below are a few additional ways to prevent humidity from developing bigger problems:

Dehumidifers: Dehumidifiers will manage the concentration of moisture in the air during the cooler hours. It is generally advised to use one dehumidifier for every 1,000 square feet within a home. Simply set the unit to 52 degrees and leave it in a drainable location such as a kitchen sink or bathtub.

Install a Humidistat: This will eliminate the need to use dehumidifiers in your home while serving the same function.

Humidity Home Remedies: An easy, non-energy consuming method to control humidity is to set out small containers filled with charcoal or kitty litter in every room to absorb moisture.

One Last Thing:

Always, always, ALWAYS change your air filters before you leave. This will save you on energy costs and help prevent major issues from developing while you’re away.

Regular maintenance is always important with air conditioning systems. If you’re returning to a summer home here in Florida, we suggest you also take the time to setup an appointment for maintenance service. To schedule a time and date, simply give us a call at 239-908-4704!