Spring Break is fast approaching, which means vacation is on the horizon. While you are away, give your heating and cooling unit a break before temperatures start to rise. A unit that rests up will perform better and require fewer repairs during the hotter months. Utilize the following HVAC maintenance tips and tricks for improved efficiency and extended life of your unit.
HVAC Maintenance Tips
There are a few HVAC maintenance tips that will keep your unit running smoothly and effortlessly while you are away. Consider the HVAC maintenance tips below:
- Inspect the air flow of your outdoor unit. You want the condenser to be shaded from the sun without blocking the unit. Clear anything within 24 inches of the condenser to keep the equipment running efficiently. Debris, such as limbs and leaves, will clog your outdoor unit if left unchecked. If you notice damage from any debris, contact Estes Services to have your outdoor unit inspected. We will get your unit fixed quickly before you embark on your vacation.
- If you don’t already own a programmable thermostat, call Estes Services and have one installed. You can program a schedule for climate control in your home based on the needs of your family. A programmable thermostat with a vacation setting is a great asset for your HVAC system when you are away for days at a time. Activate vacation mode with setback temperatures before leaving and your HVAC system will operate minimally while you are away and cycle on before you arrive home, giving you the perfect homecoming.
- Contact the professionals at Estes Services before you start your vacation. Our NATE-certified will inspect your equipment and ductwork for any leaks affecting your system’s airflow. While you are away, you want to prevent any cool air from leaking out of your house and causing your system to run longer than necessary. We will find any leaks and seal them so you can go on vacation without worrying how long your HVAC system is running on a daily basis or that you’ll return to a big utility bill!
HVAC Maintenance Tricks
If you already performed the tips above on your heating and cooling system and just need a few suggestions for your HVAC system while you are on vacation, consider the HVAC maintenance tricks below:
- If you are in the process of installing a new unit, consider installing the outdoor unit on the south or west side of your home. The outdoor unit will be shaded from the sun during the hottest time of the day, reducing any chance of overheating when the temperature spikes. If you already have your HVAC system installed, and it’s not in a shady spot, you can plant bushes, tall plants or trees to provide the shading it needs. Just make sure the additional landscaping is far enough away from the outdoor unit to prevent damage from debris or a storm.
- While you are away, close the drapes and blinds in your home. The sun shining in through windows and doors while you are gone will raise the inside temperature, forcing your HVAC system to kick on to lower the rising climate in your home. Dark drapes provide more resistance to the sun, leaving rooms significantly cooler and blinds allow minimal sun to filter into a room, barely raising the temperature. Either option will prevent your thermostat from sending faulty readings to your heating and cooling system, giving your system a rest during the hottest hours of the day.
- Regardless of the thermostat you have, adjust your settings before you leave on vacation, allowing your HVAC system to operate less often since no one is at home. You can turn the thermostat down considerably and save money on your energy bill for the amount of time you are gone. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can simply turn the setting to vacation mode and know when you return, your house will be a comfortable temperature, as if you were never gone.
Follow these HVAC maintenance tips and tricks to prep your system while you are on vacation. Your heating and cooling system will perform more efficiently when you return. Contact Estes Services for service, installation and preventative maintenance!