I get asked this question a lot: What temperature should I set my thermostat on while I go on vacation? The quick answer: It depends! I’m going on vacation soon so this is extremely relevant to me right now and here is what I do:
I’m on the time of use plan where I pay a much cheaper rate from the hours of 7pm to noon. Because of this, I set the temperature in my house to 95 degrees during on peak hours and 90 during off peak hours. I also worry about the dryness in the air so I fill a couple buckets up with water and place them in different spots in my house.
There are a few things that you may want to consider. 1) House plants. If you have a lot of them, I would suggest not going about 88-90 degrees in your house. 2) If you have expensive art work and/or very expensive kitchen cupboards, you may not want to go above 88-90 degrees. 3) Indoor animals…may not want to have them suffer at higher temperatures, although I think most cats would be ok around 88 degree. I don’t know about other animals but ask your vet.
I think most people keep their houses too cool during vacations or extended periods. Increasing the temperature a few degrees will save you enough to pay for a semi-nice dinner.