Whether you are traveling to exotic locales or staying home for Spring Break, your heating and cooling system needs to be prepped for the upcoming season change. With proper care of your system, you won’t experience surprises, such as a failed system, loud operating noises or a hot, sticky house. Purchase an HVAC service plan for regular maintenance of your unit. In addition, there are a few other measures you can take to prep your system for the upcoming shift in weather while gaining energy savings.
Prepping for Spring Break Vacation
No one wants to come home after a peaceful vacation to an extremely hot and humid house. An HVAC service plan will prepare your heating and cooling system for the fluctuating temperatures as spring arrives, and there a few things you can do on your own to improve your system’s performance. Even a “staycation” should be comfortable with consistent temperatures throughout your home. Consider the following tasks before you leave:
- If you haven’t already scheduled maintenance on your system, now is the time! Gainesville Mechanical offers HVAC service plans affordable and convenient for your schedule. Scheduling maintenance early allows you to beat the rush when everyone else is trying to schedule service at the start of summer. Our technicians are NATE-certified with years of experience and training under their belts. During a routine maintenance call, we will inspect your system, perform a deep cleaning to remove dirt, dust and debris and repair damaged components. Routine maintenance benefits you with energy savings and it keeps your system healthy longer.
- After maintenance is complete, check your outdoor unit before you leave for vacation. Proper airflow around your outdoor equipment prevents a system from overheating and becoming a fire hazard. Double check there is at least 2-3 feet of space between your unit and any plant life. Clear away any branches, leaves, twigs and other debris from around the unit. If there is dirt or dust on top of the unit or coils, gently hose them off to prevent damage while you are gone. Trim any trees or shrubs around the unit if they are crowding it or interfering with the airflow. Winter storms and landscaping equipment can damage your exterior unit so If you notice anything is amiss while cleaning the outdoor unit, call Gainesville Mechanical for an HVAC repair. We will inspect your equipment and double check everything is running smoothly before your trip.
- Adjust your thermostat settings before you leave. Because you won’t be home, you don’t need your unit running often and using more energy than necessary. You gain energy savings when you adjust the thermostat and allow your unit to rest. Less operation, while you are gone, extends the life of your system because it won’t endure excess wear and tear on the components. If you have a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature via Wi-Fi before returning home. If you have an older thermostat, now is the time to consider upgrading to an advanced smart thermostat. The energy savings alone make up for the initial cost of installing a new thermostat in your home. Contact Gainesville Mechanical to discuss which smart thermostat is best for your current system.
- The last thing to do before you go on vacation is to close your drapes and blinds. As the weather heats up, your house starts to feel the effects of the sun’s temperature. Closing insulated curtains or shutting blinds while you are away keeps the sun’s rays from shining brightly in your home. The additional warmth affects your thermostat readings and causes your HVAC system to start up when it’s not needed. Your house will remain cool with the shades drawn and is an added measure of security while you are absent.
Before you head out to your Spring Break destination, call Gainesville Mechanical! We have affordable HVAC service plans for every type of heating and cooling system. Our NATE-certified technicians will increase your energy savings and quickly install your new smart thermostat.