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Up or off? Our best advice for cooling

That’s a great question. Thanks for asking.

Q. When I leave my house, should I turn my cooling completely off or just adjust the temperature?

A. Before you reach for the thermostat to adjust your cooling, think about how long you’re going to be away from home. Whether you have air conditioning or a heat pump, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Set the thermostat about 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re going to be gone for more than half the day. Your cooling will run less frequently, but your home won’t get super hot.
  • Turn off the cooling completely to save energy if you’re leaving for longer than a day — say a trip out of town. If you have a programmable thermostat (see our ecobee offer), you can set it to start cooling an hour or so before you return so you arrive to a comfortable home.
  • You can leave the cooling setting alone if you’re just popping out for a quick errand.

Remember: If you have pets at home, you’ll need to modify these recommendations so your animals don’t get overheated.