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Tips For HVAC Safety While On Vacation

If you are planning a vacation, you should also plan on how to take care of your HVAC system while away. Otherwise, the HVAC system may break down or send your utility bills sky high, especially if you are planning an extended vacation. Here are some of the measures that will prevent such catastrophes.

Provide a Surge Protector

A surge protector protects your electrical appliances from damage in case the surge protector detects a dangerous spike in electricity. If you don't have a power surge already, you should install one to protect the HVAC while you are away. Otherwise, a power surge may knock out your HVAC and leave your home exposed to dangerous temperature fluctuations while you are away.

Vacuum the House

It is also a good idea to vacuum the house to reduce the dust levels within the house. This is particularly true if it has been some time since you last cleaned and dusted the house and you are going on an extended vacation. Otherwise, the dust may clog up your HVAC filters and interfere with its efficiency while you are away.

Ensure the Filters Are Clean

Still, on the issue of filter clogging, it's a good idea to inspect the filters and clean or replace them if they are dirty. In fact, if you haven't changed the filters for a long time, take the safer route and replace them. Don't forget that dirty filters don't just cause inefficient heating and cooling; they can also trigger an HVAC malfunction because the unit will be working overtime to provide the necessary heating and cooling.

Trim Trees around the Outside Unit

There is a real risk of tree branches crashing on your outside HVAC unit while you are away. The risk is particularly high if there are weak trees, trees with overhanging branches, or trees with weak branches around the unit. Trim such trees so that their branches won't come crashing on the unit and knock out your HVAC's operations while you are away.

Close All Doors and Windows

Lastly, you should also confirm that all the doors and windows are closed before leaving for vacation. In fact, you should also close all the blinds and curtains. That way your house won't get heated by sunlight or get cooled by outside temperatures. You don't want your HVAC system running incessantly because it is losing conditioned or heated air to the outside environment.  

For more information, contact a company such as John Legg's Heating & Air Conditioning.