Now that the Holidays are coming up quickly, you surely have some plans for a Christmas vacation. But before you head out the door, here are some HVAC tips you should follow for extra peace of mind.
Don’t Completely Turn Off Your HVAC System
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t completely turn your HVAC unit off while you’re away. One obvious reason is that extremely low temperature can cause water pipes to freeze and burst. At the same time, shutting off your HVAC can lead to lead to inefficient air circulation, which may cause condensation and mold infestation.
Instead of turning the HVAC system off completely, we advise homeowners to lower their thermostat to a more desirable temperature.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Locked
Locking up your home before your winter vacation isn’t just a good safety practice. It also goes a long way to help you save on your energy while you’re gone. By keeping your windows and doors completely shut off, your HVAC system will be able to maintain a consistent indoor temperature, eliminating the extra strain on your HVAC.
Clean Up Your House
Before you jet off on a Christmas vacation, be sure to clear our the garbage and perishables from your home, so it won’t mess up your return. Besides, it isn’t just for your own sanity. Cleaning up your house improves your indoor air quality while also enhancing the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Clean or Replace the Air Filter Before You Leave
We won’t get tired reminding our customers to always clean or replace their air filter regularly. Leaving on a Christmas vacation is no exemption. Since your HVAC equipment works hard to maintain the ideal temperature and humidity levels in your home, you will want to make sure that your air filter lasts the duration of your vacation.
Sign Up for a Routine Maintenance
Contact a Quality Heating, Cooling & Plumbing technician to service your unit before your vacation. Routine maintenance will ensure that that your system has the right level of refrigerant, its HVAC coils are clean, and it is generally functioning properly. It will also determine if it needs repair or complete replacement.
Check out this blog to see if it’s time to replace your dying furnace.
By following the simple tips outlined above, you will be able to relax on your Christmas vacation. However, if you happen to need us on a Christmas vacation, please don’t forget to prepare some delicious leftovers for us.