Although the frigid temperatures of winter are past, it’s still important to prepare for your spring/summer vacation by readying your home before you leave. When you tend to the HVAC system, water heater, and the basics of home security, you’ll minimize the risk of coming home to unpleasant surprises.
- Schedule a tuneup for your HVAC system. Scheduling a tune up for your HVAC system before you leave on vacation will ensure that your system will be working efficiently and cooling your home while you are away. In the event you’re leaving plants or pets behind, they’ll be comfortable while you’re away and you’ll have peace of mind to enjoy your time away.If your home will be empty, set the temperature up a few degrees, but don’t turn it off altogether as that can cause issues as well. Be sure you leave the phone number of your HVAC contractor with the person who is taking care of your home, pets, plants, etc., just in case there is a issue with your cooling system.
- Avoid the temptation to close rooms off by shutting the doors and blocking the supply and return registers. Doing so could cost you more than you’ll save in energy bills by harming your system or its ductwork.
- Test each outdoor light over the exterior doors and garage doors before you go on vacation. You can also install light and motion detectors to operate them automatically.
- Label the circuit breakers and show the person responsible for your home where the circuit breaker box is in the event a strong storm is forecast.
- Unplug the small appliances to protect them from power surges, and turn off the circuit breakers for the washer, dryer and stove.
Preparing your home ahead of time for vacation helps it withstand the ups and downs of the weather and covers the basics of home security. For any home comfort needs contact Jackson & Sons, providing trusted HVAC services for eastern North Carolina homeowners.
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