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vacant house AC? (by David [MI]) Aug 12, 2022 9:56 AM
       vacant house AC? (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 12, 2022 10:09 AM
       vacant house AC? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 12, 2022 11:49 AM
       vacant house AC? (by S i d [MO]) Aug 12, 2022 11:52 AM
       vacant house AC? (by plenty [MO]) Aug 12, 2022 11:53 AM
       vacant house AC? (by Ken [NY]) Aug 12, 2022 12:01 PM
       vacant house AC? (by MC [PA]) Aug 12, 2022 12:31 PM
       vacant house AC? (by Homer [TX]) Aug 12, 2022 1:22 PM
       vacant house AC? (by Hoosier [IN]) Aug 12, 2022 2:11 PM
       vacant house AC? (by Jim in O C [CA]) Aug 12, 2022 6:41 PM
       vacant house AC? (by 6x6 [TN]) Aug 12, 2022 8:46 PM
       vacant house AC? (by Bonanza [NC]) Aug 13, 2022 7:00 AM

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vacant house AC? (by David [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 9:56 AM
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When you have a vacancy , how do you set the thermostat?

obviously , no LL wants to pay for running the AC in a vacant house, but i think applicants get a good feel when they go from 90+ outside to 70 inside. Walking thru a house that is 90deg can make anyone feel negative about it.

given that it can take hours or entire day to go from 80+ down to 70 if outside is 90+, it's also not feasible to run the AC just for the duration of a showing. Currently I will turn on the AC the night before a scheduled showing, then turn it off after the showing --50.4.xxx.x




vacant house AC? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 10:09 AM
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A vacant house under construction needs no air because air forced thru the system will pick up particles and distribute them everywhere.

A vacant house that is going to be shown to potential renters will need to be programed to turn on an hour or two before a showing. And turned off afterwards. --47.156.xx.xx




vacant house AC? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 11:49 AM
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I set mine at 75. I don't want to show a house that is uncomfortable inside.

My experience is that a well built house with good insulation costs very little to run the air conditioning when people aren't going in and out and opening the door, and cooking, and producing body heat or running heat producing electronics. --76.178.xxx.xxx




vacant house AC? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 11:52 AM
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I rent class C, so it's not required to turn it on or leave it on. For a central HVAC house, I shut it off using the switch in the utility closet so it can't be turned on unless someone knows a little about HVAC.

If I were renting a Class B or better, I'd probably leave it on and set it around 79. Plenty cool enough for a showing. Doesn't need to be an ice box. --184.4.xx.xx




vacant house AC? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 11:53 AM
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85į --172.56.xx.xx




vacant house AC? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 12:01 PM
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I have never rented a house with central AC but if i did i would leave it on. I do run AC in houses we are flipping to keep the house comfortable for the guys working --74.77.xx.xx




vacant house AC? (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 12:31 PM
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We have found shut windows often keep it decent. Not running up my bill and most our places didn't have central air anyway. --73.230.xxx.xx




vacant house AC? (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 1:22 PM
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Iíll leave it about 81, and turn it down when i arrive 10 minutes early. Price per KW has exploded in Texas to .16. Plus, 80 feels good when walking in from 102 outside. --47.32.xxx.xxx




vacant house AC? (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 2:11 PM
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I was a home inspector for about 7 years. Under no circumstances should you turn off the HVAC for any prolonged period....I saw a few houses where this was done for months and they had significant mold on every surface.

In winter, I set the T-stat at about 52F, and then I make sure that any plumbing on an exterior wall has the cabinet open to keep it from freezing.

In summer, I think AC set somewhere around 80-82 should be fine just to keep humidity down. If the temps rarely get above 80, maybe set it just 1-2 degrees below the daily high so that the AC runs occasionally. --99.92.xxx.xxx




vacant house AC? (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 6:41 PM
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I turn on the heating or cooling one hour before showing. I donít want my potential renter to be shivering or sweating profusely. --99.23.xxx.x




vacant house AC? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2022 8:46 PM
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Same as Jim in O C --73.113.xxx.xxx




vacant house AC? (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Aug 13, 2022 7:00 AM
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In NC I leave it on 76-77 (summer) 63-64 (winter) in an empty house. I don't want the flooring expanding or contracting overly much. I want the humidity to stay low and I don't want the pipes frozen. In general I don't have the electric or gas in my name very long before it is rented so it's just another cost of doing business for me.

Electric in an empty house runs $50 in the summer and $75 in the winter per month. IF the house has gas it's $15 in the summer and $40 in the winter. --65.188.xxx.xxx



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