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We will be closing on a new home in Citrus Springs Florida, but won't be
moving into it until we sell our home in the NC mountains and we are wondering if we need to leave the air conditioner on ?
We have had a 40 foot long travel trailer left on our own lot in the Florida Keys heat all summer long with no ventilation,or A/C (Just use four packs of "Nosguard" ) and never have had a problem.
Any one here leave their home all summer and can offer what you do?

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We have been gone during the summer since 2008 and have left the AC on with thermostat set to 85° and experienced absolutely no mold problems or other adverse effects that may arise from high humidity or temperatures. We do place a large container of DampRid in our second car that is left there to prevent mold on the leather surfaces in it, we learned that the hard way. You may want to turn you water heater off as well as your water supply to prevent flooding in the case of a leak. Our daughter comes over every month or so and flushes the toilets (after turning the water back on) to prevent the water from drying out and getting sewer gases in the house. I have heard of some people putting plastic wrap over the water in the toilet to do the same.


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Don't forget to fill the P traps in sinks and tubs.


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If we are going to be away for any significant amount of time, I set the air to 85. We would probably be fine with it off, but we live on a shaded lot. When our air went out a couple of years ago in late June, the inside temps only got up to about 90 without the air. As has been referenced, it is likely the humidity that is going to cause problems rather than the heat.

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You want to keep air moving to prevent mold - especially in a humid environment.


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Yes to everything everyone has said. The only other things I would add is 1) leave overhead fans running in the rooms and 2) put boxes or dishes of DampRid in bathrooms (showers/tubs) and kitchen. DampRid really is a wonder product. We also put "bug motels" around the doorways from the outside if you have a tendency of pests coming in. Usually, that happens when your home is near water.

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Thanks for the replies: Now another question-
Is there any thing I can put in the water in the toilets and P traps to prevent the water from evaporating? I know the pink stuff evaporates.

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I've heard of people putting plastic wrap over the toilet bowls and tight fitting drain plugs for sinks. Never had to do it so I don't know if it works or not.

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p220sigman wrote:

I've heard of people putting plastic wrap over the toilet bowls and tight fitting drain plugs for sinks. Never had to do it so I don't know if it works or not.


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Not Florida but lived for 10 years in Ewe-stun TX area....and would often be gone a month or more at a pop with vacation and work trips.

So, FWIW.....agree with leaving the air on, usually set temp to 80 - 85. We would also do the plastic over the toilet thing and would plug the sinks (mostly...we always seemed to forget one) to prevent evaporation. Also, although it looked pretty tacky, the 1-2 windows that didn't have window treatments would get white packing paper taped over them (on the inside) for the time we were gone.


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