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Checklist: Vacation HVAC Prep

Whether you’re going away for a few days or a week or more for vacation, it’s important to make sure that your HVAC system is ready.Whether you’re going away for a few days or a week or more for vacation, it’s important to make sure that your HVAC system is ready. Use the following vacation HVAC prep tips to get your system ready before you leave your Portland home.

Replace Your Air Filter

If it’s been awhile since you changed your air filter, put in a new one before your vacation. This helps ensure that your HVAC system will be able to run efficiently while you’re away. If you have changed it recently, it doesn’t hurt to check it and make sure that it’s not dirty.

Raise Your Thermostat

You might be tempted to shut off your HVAC system if you’re going to be away from home. However, this isn’t recommended. Leaving your HVAC system on during your vacation helps keep your home from getting too warm and humid, which reduces the risk of mold growth. Before you leave, set your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal, and let it run while you’re out of town.

Invest in a Surge Protector

If the power goes out while you’re gone, your HVAC system is at risk of serious damage if there’s a power surge. Consider having a surge protector installed to lower this risk. An HVAC technician can help you choose the right surge protector for your system and install it for you.

Clear Away Debris from the Outdoor Unit

Vacation HVAC prep includes ensuring that there is no debris around your outdoor unit, so that air can flow through it easily. Get rid of weeds and other vegetation growing near this unit, and trim bushes and shrubs away from it.

Schedule Maintenance

Having routine HVAC maintenance done before you leave helps ensure that your system is in good condition. HVAC technicians can check for problems and take care of them promptly, so you can come home to a system that runs properly.

If your HVAC systems needs maintenance before you go out of town, contact Roth Heating and Cooling. Our HVAC technicians can make sure that your system is in top shape.

Going on Vacation? Consider These Ways to Save While You’re Away

Going on Vacation? Consider These Ways to Save While You're AwayGetting ready for your summer vacation? Don’t forget to take the time to prepare your home for energy conservation. Keeping your home as energy efficient as possible will help you come home to a comfortable house and a reasonable utility bill. Here’s a look at some of the easiest ways to save while you’re away.

Change Thermostat Settings

Think you should shut down your air conditioner while you’re on vacation? Think again. Doing so will mean that you don’t spend money on cooling your home during your getaway, but it also means your house will become a lot hotter than normal. This can wreak havoc on woodwork and cause your system to work extra hard to restore normal temperatures when you get home.

The smarter solution is to turn the programmable thermostat up by about four or five degrees. This causes the system to cycle on less frequently but won’t allow your home to heat up too much.

Utilize Window Treatments

You can reduce the energy your A/C needs to exude even further by using blinds, curtains and drapes to shade your home and act as a barrier against radiant heat from the sun.

Adjust Refrigerator Settings

For relatively short vacations, consider turning your refrigerator’s thermostat to a slightly warmer setting to save energy. If you’ll be gone for a prolonged period of time, though, it’s probably in your best interest to empty the unit and unplug it entirely. Be sure to leave the door open to prevent mold and mildew.

Unplug Devices

Electrical devices and appliances that are plugged in while not in use are true energy vampires. One of the simplest ways to save while you’re away is to go around and unplug TVs, computers, clocks, and other devices before your departure.

Set Timer Lights

Keep your home safe without wasting energy. Placing security lights on a timer ensures that you don’t build up a hefty bill during vacation.

Contact the experts at Roth Heating & Cooling to learn more effective ways to save while you’re away this summer. We serve the greater Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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