Before You Leave: Follow Our HVAC Vacation Checklist
If you’re like millions of Americans across the country, there’s a good chance that you’re planning a vacation now that the weather has warmed up a bit. To fully prepare for your trip, however, it’s a good idea to make an HVAC vacation checklist so that your energy usage doesn’t get too high. Here are some few simple things you can add:
Call a Qualified Technician
The first thing you should put on your checklist is to call a qualified technician to perform a tune-up of your HVAC system. This will ensure that you have no problems with the unit while you’re on vacation and throughout the rest of the season. In fact, scheduling maintenance should be an annual event.
Set the Appropriate Temperature
We recommend that you upgrade to a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one, but regardless of what type of unit you have, be sure to set it to an appropriate temperature before you go on vacation. Setting the temperature between 80 and 85 degrees will keep your costs low while ensuring that the interior is comfortable for any plants or pets inside.
Clean or Replace Your Filter
If your HVAC system’s air filter fills up while you’re away on vacation, then you’re very likely to waste a good amount of energy, which translates to costly utility bills when you get home. Check the filter before you leave and then clean or replace it, if necessary, depending on the type that your system uses.
Close Your Blinds and Curtains
By blocking the sun from entering your home while you’re on vacation, your air conditioning unit won’t run as often or for as long. This can easily be achieved by closing your blinds and curtains before you leave. You may even want to hang up some blackout curtains, which will be even more effective.
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