Before you know it, the kids will be out of school and it will be time for summer vacation. Vacation planning can be hectic, as you organize what you’re going to take with you, but also put your house in good order for the time you’re gone. Most vacation plans call for making arrangements for bringing in the mail, watering the plants and if you leave them in the home, taking care of the pets.
But what about your HVAC system? Maybe you’re used to just leaving it on or off and calling it a day when you go away. But read on, and you may find it’s worthwhile to do some vacation HVAC prep before you go.
1. Schedule an inspection.
This is important. Before you plan to leave your home unattended for a period of time, have a licensed HVAC tech inspect your system. You don’t want it to break down while you’re away. Letting your house get too warm during the summer could be disastrous, harming pets, plants, electronics and home furnishings. Your HVAC tech may find little problems before they become significant ones.
2. Change the air filter.
It’s easy to do. It will help your HVAC system run smoother and more efficiently.
3. Put the thermostat on an efficient setting.
If you’re going to be away for while, there’s no point in keeping your home as cool as you need it to be when you’re there. Turn the thermostat up a few degrees in the summer, down a few degrees in the winter — but not so much that the system won’t come on at all. Better yet, install a smart thermostat and you can monitor the weather and change the temperature as needed from afar.
4. Have someone check on your home.
Ask to be notified right away if anything seems amiss climate-wise, or with the function of the system. A friend or neighbor may need to be on premises to let the HVAC tech in the home.
For more on vacation HVAC prep, contact Beyer Boys of San Antonio.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).