At the peak of summer season, homeowners tend to leave their homes for their long-awaited summer season trips to appreciate the warm weather! As you prepare your house for your departure, it is imperative that you also plan for how you’ll manage your appliances, especially your a/c. There are multiple factors to consider when deciding whether to leave your heating and air conditioning plan off or on. If your primary concern is saving the most energy, turning off your A/C will be in your best interest, then otherwise, the more widely advocated alternative is to turn your thermostat up while you are away on trip, not off. To help you make your decision, consider the length of your trip. If it’s a short trip, maybe a day or two, it’s better to keep your A/C on, but with a higher temperature setting. A programmable thermostat would come in handy in this situation, as it allows you to set your desired temperature at strange times for it to switch on and off automatically! Set your thermostat up about 7 to 10 degrees higher than official while you are on trip. You can also decrease the workload on your cooling system by closing your curtains and drapes before you leave your home. This will block your house from the day daylight and keep it a bit cooler. For lengthier trips of more than a week, you may turn off your cooling system. But remember to use your programmable thermostat to start cooling your house a day before you return.