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How to get your HVAC system ready for summer vacation

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Preparing for vacation involves more than writing up an itinerary and packing list—you may also need an HVAC tune-up as provided in maintenance agreements. Tune-ups are particularly important if you plan on being away from your home for more than a week. This stagnant period can be surprisingly hard on your home, so it is important to get your HVAC system cleared with your technician first. The last thing you want when you return home is a non-functioning air conditioner or an overheated system.

Here are some tips for getting your HVAC system vacation-ready:

  • Schedule a tune-up prior to vacation.
  • Ideally, your annual tune-ups should occur in March or April—well before the summer season. However, if you have yet to have a technician check out your air conditioner, you'll definitely want to schedule an appointment before you leave. Seemingly minor, unresolved issues could leave you with a busted air conditioner if not addressed before you head out on vacation.

  • Turn up the thermostat.
  • If your thermostat is currently set very low, you will need to turn it up before you depart. This will keep your HVAC system in control while also saving you a little money on energy bills while you're away.

  • Close the blinds and draw the curtains.
  • Overheating can easily occur when you are not available to monitor your home and adjust accordingly. Prevent overheating by drawing all curtains and closing the blinds. It is also important to check that all windows are fully closed and latched. Even a small crack can let in surprisingly large blasts of hot air.

Maintenance agreements allow you to keep your home’s heating and cooling system in tip-top shape while you're away. Contact our expert team at Hammond Services to learn more about our HVAC maintenance services.


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