Heating, Air Conditioning, Fridge, HVAC/Absentee control of humidity


I've purchased a home in Southern Florida which will not be used in the summer. Is it better to control humidity in the empty house by installing a humidistat that controls the A/C or by installing a 240V timer that runs the A/C three of four hours a day. I have had different points of view from several people. Some say that it will be humid all the time so the A/C will work all the time and that running it three hours a day on a timer will take care of humidity problems. If you vote for the humidistat what degree of humidity should be set? Thank you

Set your humidistat to 70-80%, and your temp on the thermostat from 80-84.  Theoretically, you can leave the thermostat set to 90 or so because the HEAT isn't bad but the humidity is what damages everything, but the home won't get to 90 without clearing the humidity threshold and turning on the system via humidistat anyway.  If you are a "snowbird," you should definitely have a h-stat on your wall controlling it when you aren't home.  Where in South Florida are you?  I'd have no problem installing it for you and wiring it correctly, and explaining how to work it.  

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I will be happy to answer any basic HVAC question by a homeowner, installer, or technician about their split-system maintenance, repair, and installation. I would not be willing to do extensive research into the particulars of a specific system, but any homeowner looking to get questions answered about why we contractors charge what we do, explanations of why a certain part is needed, how to improve indoor air quality and basic repair. I specialize in ELECTRIC HEAT and HEATPUMPS...NOT gas or oil. Although I may be able to answer the odd question about gas and oil, please do not ask me questions pertaining to them because I am not an expert in that aspect of the field.


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