Are you planning a family vacation once the kids are out on summer break? If so, be sure to include your HVAC system in your plans, and you'll avoid energy waste and keep your costly comfort equipment safe from harm. Here's a handy HVAC vacation checklist to follow:
Put Your Thermostat in Vacation Mode
Use your programmable thermostat's "vacation mode" feature to save on energy consumption while you're away. Since you won't need cooling, set the thermostat to keep the interior temperature at 80-85 degrees. Program in your expected return date too, so it reverts to your normal settings and cools down the house for your arrival.
Add Surge Protection
If you don't already have surge protection for your HVAC equipment, ask your HVAC pro about the best type to have installed to safeguard against damage due to power spikes. A surge protector is a smart investment because it will continue to protect your HVAC system whether you're home or away.
Close Your Window Coverings
Heat gain through your home's windows increases the temperature inside and adds to your HVAC system's cooling load. To limit those gains and save energy, close all of your shades, blinds and curtains just before you head out on vacation.
Put in a Fresh Air Filter
If you haven't changed the air filter within 30 days of your planned departure date, make sure you do so the day before you leave. With a clean filter in place, you won't have to worry about airflow restrictions that increase the system's energy use or possibly cause equipment damage.
Have the System Inspected
If you've neglected HVAC maintenance, schedule a system checkup with a trusted HVAC company well in advance of your vacation. This gives a trained technician a chance to clean and service the equipment, and identify any developing problems. By tackling maintenance and any necessary repairs before you leave, you can relax and enjoy your trip with fewer worries about unexpected breakdowns while you're away.
For expert help preparing for an HVAC vacation in your Fort Wayne home, contact us at Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning.