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Prepare Your HVAC System Before Vacation

May 7, 2024
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Summer vacation is a time to unwind and explore, but before you jet off, consider your home’s HVAC system. Leaving your house vacant for an extended period requires some preparation to guarantee a comfortable return and avoid potential issues.

Here at McCown Heating and Air Conditioning, we want to help you enjoy a worry-free summer. Follow these key tips to ensure your HVAC system thrives while you’re away.

Maintain a Balanced Temperature

While you won’t need peak comfort settings in an empty house, avoiding extreme temperatures is crucial. In hot climates, aim for a setting around 80°F (26°C). This prevents excessive heat buildup and safeguards your home’s interior from warping or cracking. In cooler areas, adjust the thermostat slightly higher than usual to prevent mold growth from excess humidity.

Maximize Efficiency with a Fresh Filter

A clean air filter is vital for optimal HVAC performance. Before your trip, replace your existing filter with a new one. This ensures proper airflow and prevents your system from overworking during your absence.

Minimize Energy Use Strategically

Consider unplugging non-essential electronics and appliances while you’re away. This reduces energy consumption and eliminates the risk of power surges damaging your HVAC system during a storm. However, leave essential appliances like refrigerators plugged in.

Smart Technology to Your Advantage

If you have a smart thermostat, you can take advantage of its capabilities. Program it to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your absence. Some thermostats even allow remote monitoring and adjustments, offering peace of mind while you travel.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your HVAC system runs smoothly while you enjoy your summer adventures. Returning to a cool and comfortable home will make your homecoming all the more enjoyable.

Pro Tip for Longer Trips

For additional peace of mind, consider asking a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your home periodically, especially for extended trips.

We’re here to help! At McCown Heating and Air Conditioning, we are your trusted partners for all your HVAC needs. Contact us today to schedule a pre-vacation maintenance check and ensure a worry-free summer!