Vacation Plans? Here’s a Plan for Your Home While You’re Away

Posted On: June 12, 2017

Planning on stepping away for some rest and relaxation this summer season? Vacation season is upon us, and it’s a great time for new experiences! But before you depart, there are some things the team at Mountain Air Conditioning & Heating would like to talk about with you.

A vacation away from home is wonderful, but even better is ensuring your home is secure, safe, and comfortable when you get back! Follow along with our team who provide some tips to prepare your South Ogden home for your time away.

Preparing Your HVAC System for Vacation

Many homeowners handle the question of air conditioning a bit differently. Some shut the whole thing down, while others elect to keep it going full blast the entire time. But both of these options are flawed, and here’s why:

Cutting your system off completely is a common choice and it is rooted in sound logic. With no HVAC running, there’s no power wasted. However, the fact of the matter is that a home left to the elements can take on many forms of damage. Heat and humidity in Utah are both formidable and can do serious harm to furniture and pets, as well as make other appliances like your refrigerator work that much harder, offsetting your savings.

Additionally the amount of power your system eats up to get your home back to normal after the vacation is absolutely massive, meaning you could easily lose out where savings are concerned.

Leaving it running at full power is another easy choice, and while it’s better than killing the AC completely, it will still guzzle up a lot of unneeded power. Vacations are often fairly costly, and saving can be considerable if you handle your cooling system well.

The Best Methods for Saving Power While Away

Your solution lies with the thermostat—and you have two options. The first and simplest is of course to simply turn down your system a bit. Every degree accounts for up to 10 percent or more energy consumed, which adds up fast. Because of this many homeowners simply choose to set the system at 75 degrees, or as high as 78 to keep things in a satisfactory range.

Another, and a much better, option is to seek a programmable thermostat. These smart-tech devices can be set to run smart, energy-efficient routines that can help you save considerably on cooling costs both now and in the future. With additional options like remote access, learning technology, alerts, and more, you can trust a programmable thermostat to offer you the perfect advantage for making your vacation stress free.

Don’t Forget These Tasks When Going on Vacation!

We’re all about HVAC, but we still want to be sure your home is ready for your vacation! Don’t forget to:

  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances. This helps to reduce energy consumption, as even when appliances are turned off they eat up some power.
  • Shut off your water main. In the event of a plumbing incident, it would not do to return home to an indoor pool you didn’t plan for.
  • Consider the gas. If your home uses natural gas, be sure to shut that down, too. Similar reason, more dangerous results.
  • Plan for pets. For shorter trips plan to leave plenty of food and water. For longer ones consider boarding, or be sure to notify a trusted friend to care for them.

Programmable Thermostats & HVAC Services in Ogden, UT

Looking for a superior service team that can offer you the distinct advantages of a programmable thermostat system? Contact Mountain Air Conditioning & Heating online today to equip your home for a stress-free vacation!