Winter has been exceptionally cold this year in Asheville, and for some, a getaway to warmer weather is a much needed comfort. Before you leave for sunnier skies, however, you need to make sure your home is prepared. Follow these 5 essential winter vacation HVAC tips from Sheer Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning.
Check your air filter before winter vacation
Make sure you’ve performed your monthly filter change before you leave for your winter vacation. If you leave your HVAC system with a clogged filter, you’re likely to return to high energy bills- and possibly furnace repairs. Check your air filter!
Let faucets drip in Asheville
While you’re having fun in the sun, your home’s plumbing could be filling with ice! Frozen pipes can burst if there’s too much pressure buildup. Turn your sink and tub handles so they let out a slight trickle of water; this will prevent freezing so you don’t have to call the plumber on your first day home!
Turn the thermostat down
You may be tempted to turn off your heating system completely to save money while on vacation. However, this can actually cost you more as you’ll waste energy trying to warm your home again after your trip. Turn your thermostat down to around 55 degrees (but not lower than 50).
Use a programmable thermostat
If you have a programmable thermostat, you’re already one step ahead of the game. Set your thermostat to lower the temperature after you leave, then warm the home about an hour before you return. This allows you to save money without sacrificing comfort. And if you don’t have a programmable thermostat? Then it’s time to get one!
HVAC maintenance from Sheer Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning
The best thing you can do for your HVAC system before you leave it is to schedule maintenance. This ensures it will run efficiently and prevents the likelihood of major problems while you’re on winter vacation.
Schedule your HVAC service with Sheer Comfort today so it’s out of sight, out of mind while you’re away!