If traveling is in your plans this summer, have you thought about vacation-proofing your home? It may sound a little odd but leaving your home should require more forethought than just locking up the windows and doors. What will you set your thermostat to before you leave? Will you turn your cooling system completely off? Or will you leave it on? If you want to avoid wilted plants or a surprisingly high electricity bill when you return, use Pipe Works Services‘ vacation tips on how to effectively use a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are available in three formats. The first allows you to set the thermostat on one temperature program, or schedule, for all seven days of the week. The second format lets you set one program for weekdays and a second one for weekends. The third allows one temperature program for weekdays and a different setting for each weekend day. Depending on your family’s needs, your purchase can work for you all year long, so you’ll save on energy costs even when you’re at home. And some thermostat models include a vacation-override setting, so you can set it for how you would regularly use your home and you won’t have to reprogram the thermostat when return from your vacation. Why set a programmable thermostat for vacation? Too much heat and humidity in your home for even a week or two can cause significant damage: The wood in your home (from window framing to furniture and instruments) can warp, houseplants can wilt, and you could come home to mold problems. Setting a programmable thermostat before your departure can prevent these issues from cropping up. Additionally, without a programmable thermostat, you waste energy: you can’t adjust the A/C’s thermostat lower for daytime use when temperatures and humidity are higher and higher for nighttime use. With a programmable thermostat, you save energy and maintain home comfort even when you’re away from home. Use a programmable thermostat to manage electricity consumption, without putting your houseplants, woodwork, or utility bills at risk. Some models even come with remote operation, so you can adjust the thermostat while you’re away. Pipe Works Services is here to help. We can guide you in selecting a programmable thermostat that will help reduce energy consumption in your home. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.