Summer is peak vacation time for many people, which often involves closing up their homes for extended periods of time. Any time a house is going to be closed up during the warm summer months, there is the possibility of mold developing due to lack of air circulation and rising humidity within the home. An easy solution is to leave the air conditioning running, but that can become costly.
One way to prevent mold and not run up high electric bills is to use a programmable thermostat. By setting it to run your air conditioner at 72 degrees for just two hours every morning, and over 80 degrees the rest of the time, you can remove moisture from the air during the cooler hours when the humidity level is highest and your A/C runs most efficiently. Programmable thermostats can be found at most home improvement stores, and the majority of them allow you to program multiple settings.
When you return home from vacation, it’s a good idea to air your home out as much as possible. Take a few moments to visually inspect the home for signs of mold such as discolored tiles, walls, or ceilings. If you see signs of mold, don’t wait to take action. Contact a mold remediation company as quickly as possible to stop the spread of mold before it gets worse.