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HVAC Tips For Going on Vacation

It is Spring and Summer is on its way. This mean’s it’s almost time to head out on vacation. You can take some time off and just go explore the world. Before you do, however, there are quite a few things you need to ensure are in order. You need to take care of work, make sure your flights and hotel reservations are in order and get your house ready.

One aspect of your home that needs attention is your HVAC system. If you aren’t sure how to ready your HVAC system for vacation, Worcester HVAC in Montgomery County is here to help!

Thermostat

While you are away, you don’t want to waste energy cooling a home that no one is in. Therefore, you should turn your thermostat up a bit. This way your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard and you can save money on your utility bills. Don’t turn your thermostat up too far or completely off, though. If you do, your system will have to work harder once you return to replace all of the cool air that was lost. Plus, you will come home to a hot house and have to wait for it to get comfortable again. Turning your thermostat up just a few degrees is the most efficient option.

Programmable Thermostats

Another convenient option that can save energy and help lower your utility bills is a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule temperature changes in advance. You just program a schedule you want your thermostat to follow and it will do so. This means you can have your thermostat turn the temperature up after you leave and then have it drop back right before you plan to turn home. You can come home to a comfortable home and relax after a long flight.

Many smart thermostats also let you change your setting from a remote location via a smart device. If your flight is delayed, you can simply log on and change your settings. It’s simple and easy. Contact Worcester HVAC to discuss getting a programmable thermostat installed before you leave.

Inspection

If you want to help make sure nothing goes wrong with your HVAC system while you are on vacation, it is a good idea to take a few minutes to inspect your system. Look at both indoor and outdoor units as well as the air ducts. Look for any visible damage, listen for strange sounds, and pay attention to any weird smells.

If you notice something that seems off, contact Worcester HVAC in Montgomery County for help. We can help fix any issues so you can have peace of mind while on vacation. If you have a trustworthy neighbor or friend, you can also have them come by and check on your house every now and then.

Cleaning and Maintenance

If your system hasn’t received preventative maintenance within the past year, contacting Worcester HVAC for cleaning and maintenance is also a helpful endeavor. By doing so,  you can help ensure that there is no dirt or debris within your system that can cause issues while you are gone. You can also make sure that all of the internal components are in working order.

Use a Surge Protector

Finally, you want to protect your system from potential power surges. Use a surge protector to do so. A surge protector will limit the amount of electricity flowing into your system or short it out so that your HVAC system does not get damaged. A surge protector can help protect all of your electronic devices, however, if it something doesn’t have to be running while you are gone, it is better to just unplug the appliance completely. You can pick up a surge protector at a local home improvement store or superstore.

Contact Worcester HVAC Today!

If you need help completing any of the tasks above, contact the professionals at Worcester HVAC. You can do so through our website here: https://myhvacteam.com/contact-us/. You can also call us at 610-287-HEAT. Have a fantastic vacation!