HVAC Tips: What to Do Before Going on Vacation
The holiday season is a time for relaxation and spending time with family. But as you prepare to head out on vacation, remember to check your HVAC system.
Taking the time to do some basic maintenance can provide peace of mind while you’re away. In addition, it can help you save money in the long run by avoiding potential damage or costly repairs due to a lack of maintenance.
Close doors, windows, and shades
This simple task prevents outside warm air from entering your home and causes your HVAC system to work harder than necessary.
Closing your doors, windows, and shades will reduce energy costs and prevent drafts from entering the house, which could lead to temperature fluctuations. Plus, it can protect your home against intruders eyeing your property.
Dust and clean the house
Your HVAC system also acts as an air filter. Proper maintenance and upkeep are essential for providing fresh, clean air to all areas of the house. By regularly dusting surfaces and vacuuming carpets, you eliminate contaminants such as pet hair, dander, dust mites, and other allergens from circulating through your ventilation system.
Light cleaning and dusting before you leave can make a world of difference in the air quality of your home when you return.
Install a surge protector
A surge protector is a device designed to protect electrical systems from high-voltage spikes. It works by redirecting electricity away from vulnerable areas of the system, like your HVAC unit’s controls and circuitry.
This helps prevent potentially expensive repairs or replacements in case of an unexpected power outage or lightning strike.
Set your thermostat
Of course, you can turn off your AC while you’re away. But be prepared to come home to a hot and muggy house.
Set your thermostat at 79-80 before you leave to avoid unnecessary cooling. This way, when you return from your trip, the house will be at a comfortable temperature without using too much energy.
Schedule preventive maintenance
The last thing you need is to come home to a broken air conditioner. That’s why ensuring your HVAC system is up-to-date on scheduled maintenance is so important.
Not only will this help prevent any breakdowns while you’re away, but it can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Call us at (727) 386-2732 to schedule an appointment.