There’s nothing like a winter getaway, leaving behind the snow, ice and cold temperatures to bask in the sun or go for a dip in warm waters. However, before you run out the door and board the plane, have you given any thought to vacation maintenance?
Sure, you’re careful about regular winter maintenance around the home — putting away the garden hose, protecting the outdoor faucets, removing dead tree limbs and other debris. But what about vacation maintenance? Here are a few suggestions to safeguard your home.
Setting the Temperature
You probably know better than to turn off the heating system in our climate during winter. But don’t make the mistake of setting the thermostat too low. You may save money on gas, but if the pipes freeze, you won’t be ahead. Don’t set the thermostat lower than 60 degrees.
Even with the heating on, pipes located on an exterior wall can freeze when outdoor temperatures plunge. Make sure cabinet doors are open where pipes are located. Also, make sure there are no obstructions that might prevent heat from circulating from the vents. Check vents for cleanliness as well.
Keep Your System Well Maintained
You do not want a breakdown while you’re away. Change the air filter before you leave, to ensure that airflow to your system is unimpeded. If you use home heating oil, make sure there’s a good supply to last until your return.
Call your HVAC consultant to inspect your system. A routine inspection can reveal potential problems before major damage to the system or your home occurs. Your technician should inspect the following: electrical connections and wiring, gas connections, vents, exhaust pipes, controls, sensors, thermostat, ignition, burners, heat exchanger, ductwork and blower motor and fans.
Have a Friend Check Your Home
Ask someone to check your home periodically to make sure your heating system is working properly. A Wi-fi thermostat can help you monitor local weather and conditions in your home from wherever you are.
For more information on vacation maintenance, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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