The cool weather and holiday travel season are upon us again. If you have winter travel or vacation plans that will take you and your family away from South Florida this year, here are some HVAC system tips to help keep your house safe while it’s unattended:
- HVAC systems require an annual inspection and tuneup in order to maintain top performance and avoid failure. This is an excellent time of year for heat pump maintenance since your system has been working hard all summer and may need some adjustments, repairs or even replacement.
- South Florida’s mild winter temperatures range between the upper 50s and lower 70s and typically do not pose the threat of freeze. It’s not recommended to shut down your HVAC system completely during your winter vacation plans, but lowering the heat to 50 degrees is prudent. If pets will remain at home, you’ll want to adjust the temperature for their comfort.
- Programmable thermostats are excellent for occasions such as winter vacation plans. Some models have a vacation mode that uses motion detection to kick in when the sitter stops by. An energy saver mode that utilizes the fan and compressor also helps keep costs down while exercising the HVAC system and dehumidifying the house.
- Check the expected humidity levels during your winter vacation plans, and set your humidifier or dehumidifier accordingly to avoid extremely dry air or musty odors and moisture problems.
- Close and lock all windows and doors to keep out humidity and any burglars. Closing drapes and curtains can help insulate windows at nighttime and obstruct views into your home.
- If your HVAC system has an outdoor condensing unit, you may want to take steps to protect it from copper thieves.
Leave a house key and the name of your HVAC company with a neighbor or sitter in case of system failure or emergency.
The professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating have been making homes comfortable and safe in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties since 1973 and are ready to serve any of your HVAC needs this winter.