Before your next vacation, make sure that your home is ready to sit empty for an extended time. This includes preparing your HVAC equipment for some alone time in order to minimize energy waste and prevent potential minor problems from growing into major ones while you’re away. Here are a few HVAC tips for the vacationing homeowner:
- Adjust your thermostat. Programmable thermostats often have a “vacation” setting that will prevent your equipment from running often while you’re away. You can set the A/C to turn back on an hour or so before you return, so you’ll come home to a comfortable home. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, they are a smart investment, and not just for vacations. This relatively inexpensive piece of HVAC equipment gives you greater control over how much energy you use every day to increase savings without sacrificing comfort.
- Turn off the water. This has to be done from a main supply point. Look for the main inside valve and turn it off. Separately, you will also need to disconnect the supply lines from the washing machine hoses.
For more advice on what to do with your home’s HVAC equipment before you head out of town, contact Seattle’s professional HVAC technicians at Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning.