As we approach the final month of summer, we know that many people are taking the chance to have one last weekend getaway or spend a week with relatives. Vacation is a great chance to have fun, relax and take a break from your daily life. When you go on vacation, it gives your home’s HVAC system and other appliances a chance to go on vacation as well. Without anyone in the house needing comfort and entertainment, your appliances don’t have to work as hard, or at all. However, some people are not sure what they should do with their heaters, air conditioners, ventilation systems and other appliances while on a long vacation.
As your trusted HVAC contractor in Tuscaloosa, AL, we know what the best practices are in regards to appliances and vacations, and we want to share this information with our valued customers and friends. Here is a rundown of what you should do with your appliances before leaving for vacation.
- Cooling: During these hot summer months, you have likely had the air conditioner on full blast, so your vacation is a perfect opportunity to give it a little rest. Before you leave, set your thermostat to around 85 or 90 degrees, or even turn it off altogether. This will ensure that your AC doesn’t overwork itself with nobody around and should result in a cheaper energy bill for that month.
- Heating: If you plan on going on a skiing trip once the weather gets cold again, you will likely want to know what to do with your heater. While you do not want to overwork your heater when no people will be around to benefit from it, you also don’t want your home to grow so cold that your pipes freeze. We don’t usually have to worry about that here in Alabama, but just to be on the safe side, set your thermostat to around 50 degrees before leaving on a winter vacation.
- Water heater: When you are headed off on a long summer vacation, there is no reason that your water heater needs to be turned on. To save yourself some money and give your water heater a break, go ahead and switch it off, or to a very low setting, before leaving for your trip. If you have a gas heater, turn the gas valve off as well. When you come back home, make sure to run your hot water tap before turning the water heater back on, as doing it the opposite way could cause damage if your water heater is empty.
- Refrigerator: If you are just going on a quick weekend trip, then you likely will just leave your refrigerator as is. But if you plan to be gone for a week or more, it might be worth it to clean out your refrigerator before leaving, and then unplugging it for the duration of your trip. This will save you money on electricity, and allow for a fresh start when you return home.
Obviously, everyone’s circumstances are different when it comes to their energy concerns while on vacation. Call Adams Heating & Cooling, your HVAC contractor in Tuscaloosa, AL, for tips and advice before your trip.