As you get ready for your summer vacation, it’s easy to forget about the things you should do before you set off. This includes preparing your HVAC system so it’s in the same shape as you left it when you finally come back from your well-deserved vacation. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your HVAC system running smoothly while you’re away:
Set Your Thermostat Correctly
You’ll need to leave your air conditioner running, especially in the face of Orlando’s summertime heat and humidity. However, you won’t need to crank down temperatures as low as usual when you’re home. Instead, raise the thermostat temperature by a few degrees to help reduce wear and energy consumption on your HVAC system while you’re gone.
Change That Air Filter
Forgetting this rather simple task can be devastating, especially since you won’t be around to spot the symptoms of a clogged air filter. Swap the old, dirty filter with a clean filter before you leave for your summer vacation destination.
Have a Pro Check Your HVAC Unit
There’s plenty you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system in good shape. However, it doesn’t hurt to have a trained HVAC professional conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system and its ductwork. Your technician will be able to spot problems you may have missed during your own self-inspection.
Close Those Curtains and Blinds
Keeping your curtains and blinds closed during your summer vacation can help prevent solar heat from infiltrating your home, keeping indoor temperatures at reasonable levels. It also maintains the privacy and security of your home while you’re away.
Open Those Vents
You’ll want to make sure that conditioned air reaches every room in your home while your vacation. So make sure to check every room, even seldom-used rooms, to make sure the vents are open.
Contact the professionals at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions and learn more about preparing your Orlando home’s HVAC system for your summer vacation.
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