Leaving for vacation can be a scramble – there are so many things to do to prepare and to remember to keep your home safe and secure while away! Did you know Spring Break is the perfect time to give your HVAC system a break? If you’ll be gone, use our HVAC vacation checklist to maximize energy savings while you’re away.
HVAC Vacation Checklist
- If your vacation coincides with your routine furnace filter checks and changes, examine the filter before leaving town. If you’re due to replace it, go ahead and do so early to ensure air is moving properly through the HVAC system while you are gone and contaminants are being filtered out properly.
- Program vacation mode settings for your programmable thermostat. It’s better to keep your HVAC system on rather than turning it off, adjust the temperature by 15 or more degrees. This way, you can bring your home back to temperature for your return without wasting energy while you’re gone. If you have pets in the home, you may not be able to use such drastic setbacks – keep temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees for safety.
- Don’t forget to turn vacation mode on before you leave! It’s helpful to set a reminder on your calendar if you do not have a Wi-Fi accessible thermostat allowing you to adjust settings remotely from your phone or another device.
- Schedule HVAC preventative maintenance before you leave. Your system will be tuned up and ready to serve you with reliable comfort while you’re gone.
- If your system is experiencing performance problems, have it serviced now with heating and cooling repair prior to vacation. Solving issues before you head out of town will ensure there are no surprise system breakdowns while you’re gone, leaving you with a big comfort problem to solve upon return when you’re ready to relax from traveling.
- Inspect the drip pan and condensate drains of your HVAC system to ensure there are no clogs and moisture is exiting the system properly. Clogs could cause water to back up into your home while you’re away – this can be dramatically damaging to your home, especially if water is sitting and destroying your home over a long period of absence.
- Clear the outdoor unit of vegetation, debris and items stored nearby to make sure it receives proper airflow.
- Check your gutters to verify water isn’t pouring on your outdoor unit, which can be damaging if heavy rains occur while you’re away.
- Trim trees and shrubs nearby to protect your home and outdoor HVAC unit from damage if storms occur while you’re gone.
- Lock the gate to your yard to protect your outdoor HVAC unit from theft while you are out of town. Empty homes can be a target for vandals and theft, both indoors and out.
- Make sure your windows are shut and locked if you’ve been leaving them open for natural ventilation while at home.
Ray & Son will help you prep your HVAC system for use, whether you’re home or out of town! Call us today to schedule maintenance or repair so your system always runs optimally.