Your HVAC Vacation Checklist Before Your Summer Trip

Your HVAC Vacation Checklist Before Your Summer Trip

Before you leave for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, make an HVAC vacation checklist so your home will be secure and comfortable when you return. A house that’s unoccupied is not a house that should be unconditioned — particularly during hot summer weather. Maintaining a consistent indoor environment while no one’s home helps ensure that vital home systems, as well as vulnerable possessions, are protected from temperature extremes and other conditions such as excess indoor humidity.

Here are a few items to include on your HVAC vacation to-do list:

Temperature Settings

  • If your house will be completely unoccupied while you’re gone — including pets — a consistent temperature of no higher than 80 degrees is acceptable to protect the indoor environment. Leaving the A/C turned off or selecting an excessively high thermostat setting may jeopardize belongings while you’re away. Plus, it will impose higher expenses to cool the thoroughly overheated house down when you return.
  • A setting of 80 degrees or below also keeps the air conditioner running long enough to ensure that the dehumidifying function of the A/C is activated and keeps indoor humidity under control.
  • Many programmable thermostats provide a “Vacation Hold” option that maintains a pre-selected temperature while you’re away. It also allows you to select a specific day and hour when you expect to arrive back home so the system can return the temperature to the normal setting and the house will be fully comfortable when you walk in the door.

Routine Maintenance

To ensure the system performs up to specs while you’re away, go ahead and take care of regular maintenance before you leave. Change the system air filter if it’s been a month or more since the last change. If you haven’t scheduled professional annual A/C preventive maintenance for this cooling season yet, it’s a good idea to get that done before you leave the HVAC system running while you’re away.

For professional service to take care of items on your HVAC vacation checklist, contact Paitson Bros. Here in Terre Haute, we’ve been your local source for heating and cooling expertise since 1922.

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