How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Vacation Mode

At Kelso Heating and Cooling, your comfort and the efficiency of your HVAC system is our top priority. We know that life often takes you beyond the boundaries of your home, whether that’s for a brief weekend getaway or a longer vacation. But as you’re packing your bags and planning your itinerary, there’s one more thing that deserves your attention – your HVAC system.  We are often asked how to optimize HVAC systems for vacation or extended periods of non-use, especially as we head into the cooler months of the year in Central Illinois. Today, we’d like to share some key steps that can help prepare your HVAC system for vacation mode and provide peace of mind while you’re away.

Adjust Your Thermostat:

Your heating and cooling system doesn’t need to maintain your regular comfort level if no one is home. Setting your thermostat to a more relaxed setting can save energy and reduce the load on your HVAC system. In fall, we recommend setting the thermostat to around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This prevents your home from becoming too cold and protects against issues like frozen pipes.

Change or Clean Your Filters:

A clean filter not only enhances your HVAC system’s efficiency but also improves the air quality in your home. If you’re going away for an extended period, it’s a good idea to change or clean your filters before you leave. This ensures your system isn’t working harder than it needs to while you’re away.

Secure Your Outdoor Unit:

Fall in Central Illinois can bring with it a mix of weather conditions. To protect your outdoor HVAC unit, make sure to clear any leaves, branches, or other debris from around the unit. This will help prevent potential damage and maintain optimal airflow.

Consider a Smart Thermostat:

A smart thermostat can be a great investment for homeowners who frequently travel. You can control these devices remotely, allowing you to adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world. This can be especially useful if there’s an unexpected change in weather while you’re away.

Schedule a Maintenance Check:

Preventive maintenance is crucial to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Before heading on your vacation, consider scheduling a professional maintenance check. Our experts at Kelso Heating and Cooling can ensure everything is in top shape, reducing the risk of any unexpected issues arising while you’re away.

Preparing your HVAC system for vacation mode may take a little time, but it can save you money and prevent stress in the long run. At Kelso Heating and Cooling, we’re dedicated to helping our Central Illinois neighbors with all their HVAC needs. Whether you need advice on vacation preparation, a maintenance check, or any other HVAC service, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  Contact Us.

Safe travels, and rest assured that while you’re making memories, your HVAC system is in good hands with Kelso Heating and Cooling.