As you prepare for summer vacations, whether it's a weekend getaway or a month long cruise, you can safeguard things like your energy bill, homes efficiency and home safety while you're away. While you may remember to check the smoke detectors, close the garage doors, check window locks or hold your mail, it's just as important to prepare your HVAC for your time away.
1. Raise the Temps and Close the Blinds.
Virginia is HOT in the summer. The humidity is sometimes unbearable and as you can imagine, this causes your HVAC system to have to work harder to keep up so that your homes temperature can maintain your ideal temperature. Do yourself and your home a favor and raise the temperature a few degrees. For most, you might shift your settings from a normal 71-73 degrees Fahrenheit to more like 75-76 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will keep your utilities bill low, and still be just comfortable enough for any pets you have in the home. If you have blinds or curtains, shut them. This too will help maintain a cooler temperature inside your home and will extend the efficiency of your HVAC system.
2. Do you have an App for that?
With the multiple abilities to integrate a smart thermostat, you may have one. Some have a smart (wifi) thermostat and may not even know it! If you have one though, try to check the temperature in your home while you're away by using the designated app for your thermostat. You don't have to check it everyday, but checking it every 2-3 days could be beneficial. If you start to notice that the temperature in your home takes an abnormal shift, it could mean something is wrong. You could then have a friend or family member possibly check in on your home. Should anything need to be looked regarding your HVAC, Comfort Source HVAC is a call away and we will communicate directly with you, no matter where you are in the world.
3. Keep Ceiling Fans on
Ceiling fans, just like closed blinds, can help the efficiency of a homes HVAC system, especially on cooler nights. On top of that, a ceiling fan can create a good air flow throughout your home, and with no other movement inside your home (unless you have animals), ceiling fans can prevent the air from feeling "stagnant" when you arrive back home. If you have the ability to turn ceiling fans off or on via an app (smart home system), we suggest letting them run a few hours a day at minimum (preferably in the evenings/at night). If you don't have a smart home system, your options are to leave them on the whole time you're away, or have a neighbor/friend or family member, make it part of their routine as they check in on your home, pets, plants, etc.
We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we're here if you need us for any of your #HVAC needs.