Swimming suit? Check.
Airplane tickets? Check.
Prepping your AC? Wait…really? That’s right! If you don’t know how to prep your home before a vacation, you’ll want to continue reading.
Before heading off on a summer vacation with the family, the LAST thing on your mind is making sure your home and heating and cooling systems are prepped for your absence. There are so many other things to be excited about! Relaxing mornings with a cup of coffee (or three), snapping great family photos, hanging out by the pool all day long. Well, before zipping up your suitcase and loading the car, we’ve prepared a separate packing list for how to prep your home before a vacation. And don’t worry, these are simple preparations that can be done even while your kids are buckling up their seat belts, opening up their favorite juice box and settling in for the trip.
Turn Off Your Ventilator
Ventilators keep fresh air in your home to provide comfort for you and your family, so why ventilate the air when you’re gone? Unless Fluffy and Spike, the family cat and dog, stay at home while you’re on vacation, turn off your ventilator. When you return, flip it back on and run it for a few extra hours to replace that stale air in your home.
Adjust the Thermostat
First of all, if you are leaving your pets in the house while you’re on vacation, let’s hope someone is checking in on them to let them outside for a break. But if you decide to leave your central air on for their sake, turn the temperature up by only 5 to 8 degrees. Yes, the house may warm up, but keeping it at a temperature only a few degrees away from normal will keep everything in the house comfortable, including the animals. Also, the humidity levels will be fairly moderate as well, making it easier and quicker to cool down the house when you return.
Clean Your Filter
It’s always a good idea to check your filter and make sure it’s clean and in good working condition. But the last thing you want is to come home to a hot house and a broken air conditioning unit. Before your departure, make sure everything is running smoothly and is cleaned, especially if you intend to keep your AC on while you’re gone. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have someone check on the house while you’re gone. After they let Fluffy and Spike out for their bathroom break, make sure they check the mechanical room for any water on the floor or unusual activity.
Turn Off Additional Utilities
Besides your HVAC system, we know there are other parts of your home that need to be checked on or turned off before leaving on vacation. Make sure to turn your water heater to “vacation mode” and shut off the hose connections to the washing machine. This will help prevent any damage or accidents from happening while you’re away!
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