Energy Usage in Unoccupied Homes

Abandoned home
May 16, 2017

In a world filled with Air BnB, empty rental properties, and snowbirds, there is many a vacant home. While these homes should be kept warm enough to avoid freezing pipes in the winter, and cool enough to avoid spontaneous combustion in the summer (don't laugh, anything is possible in Las Vegas), there are considerations to take when adjusting your HVAC system in unoccupied properties.

Don't Hurt your Home

Just because there aren't humans in the home, doesn't mean that the house doesn't feel pain. If you raise your thermostat too much during the summer, the heat can do considerable damage to the home. Condensation during the winter can also wreak havoc on your house. If your home is unoccupied, the ideal temperature for a home is 50 degrees in the winter and 85 degrees in the summer.

Checklist for Leaving

When you "board up” your home for the season, there are preventative measures to be taken. In the winter, it's a good idea to drain your plumbing system to avoid the dreaded frozen pipes. You can do this by shutting off the water main and then turning on faucets and fixtures to remove all excess water. You should also open the cabinet doors under sinks to that the heated indoor air can reach your pipes.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Maybe you've been wanting to check out a new "smart thermostat" but it wasn't the right time. It actually is! These thermostats can be adjusted through a smart phone or tablet so it doesn't matter how far away you are, you still have control over your home's climate. Keep an eye on the local weather reports and adjust your thermostat accordingly, no matter where you are. Note: This will require maintaining your internet connection at the house.

Consult a Professional

Your vacation home or investment property is important to you, so when in doubt, call in Mojave Air Conditioning to do a full professional check up and provide guidance on how to keep your house safe and sound while you are away.