Summer is the perfect time to take a family vacation and get out of the house to enjoy the warm weather. While it can be exciting to plan your family vacay, it’s also important to prepare your home before you leave, especially your HVAC system. Here are some tips on how to prepare your HVAC system before you go on vacation, so you can come back to a comfortable and efficient home.
Change the air filters:
Before leaving for vacation, make sure to change the air filters in your HVAC system. Dirty air filters can cause your HVAC system to work harder, which leads to increased energy costs. By changing the filters, you can increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and improve its efficiency. A clean air filter will also provide better indoor air quality when you come back home.
Adjust the thermostat:
Adjusting the thermostat before you leave the house can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower your utility bill. Set the thermostat at a temperature higher than usual to save energy while maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. Consider setting it at around 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even schedule it to increase the temperature during the hottest parts of the day, then cool down right before you return so you return to a comfortable temperature.
Inspect your HVAC system:
Inspecting your HVAC system before leaving home can help you avoid unexpected problems when you return home. Check for leaking pipes, clogs, and any other issues with your system. If you notice any issues, call a Heat Relief professional to inspect and fix the problem before leaving. You’ll also want to make sure that the outdoor unit is free from debris and vegetation.
Close your blinds and curtains:
Closing your blinds and curtains will help block the sunlight from entering your home, which can help keep your home cooler and reduce heat gain. Bonus tip, this can also help prevent your furniture and floors from fading due to sun exposure.
Taking care of your system before leaving for vacation is an essential step toward maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home. By following these HVAC tips, you can reduce energy costs, improve indoor air quality, and avoid unwanted problems while you’re away. So, give us a call at (503) 877-1713 sp you can keep your system in top condition and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and comfortable while you’re away. Safe travels!