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Old 06-29-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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What is the recommended ac setting for a home that is left for extended periods during the summer?
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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I put my house on 77 all the time. Extended periods of time? I think 77 would be fine.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Deltona, FL (Moving to Maricopa)
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I put my house on 77 all the time. Extended periods of time? I think 77 would be fine.

Which is about where I set mine in humid, central Florida. I think in a drier clime like PHX even 80 would be OK. We have a BIG mildew problem in my part of the country, which requires some form of A/C if you are going to be away for any length of time. PHX, obviously, does not present that particular problem.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Off works well... Saves you money and the enviorment if you are a "Greenie"!

If not, then about 75-79 will help stop the mold growth if you are in a very humid region and need to keep the indoors dry.

But In a dry region, I would just shut it off for no other reason just to save it from wearing out sooner and need replacing.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I've heard that you can shut off your unit completely when away and turn it on once again when you return and this will save you lots of money and lots of life on your system. Unless you have dogs like me and I raise the temp to 80 when away and to 74 when I am home. They enjoy the warmer house, especially the chihuahua. LOL
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Goodyear,AZ
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I think it depends on your idea of extended periods of time.....are we talking weeks or 12 hours per day.....
If it is weeks than either off or at high 80's- just to circulate air. Another poster said 77 is fine....I'd love to see his high electric bill.
If it is hours during the day 84 is what mine is set at for peak time.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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I Will be gone for the summer and hoping I could leave it off without any problems inside.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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MUST be NICE to have the AC at 77. I remember those days. Ever since we moved to Maricopa, we have to keep ours at 84 all the time. It's the only way to keep our bill managable. Sometimes if I get hot, I turn it down to 83 for a few hours.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I Will be gone for the summer and hoping I could leave it off without any problems inside.
With that clarification, Thunder . . .

I would recommend shutting the unit down completely. I would also turn off the water supply at the main as well as the water heater.

If security permits, possibly leave a window or two open a small amount for ventilation but otherwise, no a/c or water pressure necessary.

Good Luck
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:44 AM
 
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I'd set it to the high 80's, maybe between 86-88. I knew someone that shut his off completely for three weeks while he was out of town in the middle of summer. All the candles in his house had melted because of how hot it got. Then he had to run the a/c non-stop for a couple of days when he got back just to cool his house back to where he normally has it. The first night back he hardly slept because his house was too warm.
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