How to Prepare Your Home & HVAC System Before a Vacation
Written by Larry Davies | February 24, 2020
Vacations are always great, but unfortunately, it’s also a time for weather-related disasters, home break-ins, and other unfortunate home system occurrences. Keep your house and HVAC system safe and sound while you are enjoying the time away from home by going over these preparations.
Turn off your water
Turning off your main water supply during vacation is a smart way to avoid unexpected flooding while you’re away.
If a pipe or part of a utility begins to leak or bursts while you’re gone and the main valve is open, water will continue to run or spew; however, water will not come through if the main water supply is off.
Your local plumbers at All Comfort Services can help you locate the main water supply and show you how to shut off your water – call us at (608) 838-7300 or contact us online.
Bypass your water softener
When leaving your home for a vacation, you should bypass your water softener and unplug it if it regenerates based on time and not usage.
Set your water heater to “vacation” mode
Also, take the time to set your water heater to “vacation” mode. You don’t want to be keeping a huge tank of hot water while nobody is at home using it. Turn off the water heater, set it to “vacation,” or lower the temperature (if you have the traditional tank type).
Leave dehumidifier on
Dehumidifiers automatically turn on when the humidity levels are too high and turn off when they have reached the optimum range. You can leave it this running while you are away so you don’t come back to a mold-infested home.
Adjust the thermostat
Don’t turn off your HVAC system; simply adjust your thermostat by lowering the temperature 5 to 10 degrees lower than normal to preserve energy. Don’t lower the temperature too much, or else you will come back to an uncomfortable home and broken HVAC equipment.
If you need assistance getting your home prepared for a vacation or need any plumbing or HVAC repairs, trust our team at All Comfort Services. Call our technicians today at (608) 838-7300 or contact us online to get started.
In 1973, Larry and his wife Susan started the company, known today as All Comfort Services. Before he started the company, he worked in the industry for eight years as an HVACR technician learning the trade through technical courses at Madison College and on the job with local companies before starting his new company. Larry’s career spans 55 years in the HVAC industry.