The holiday season is upon us, and many homeowners in Greater Birmingham, Huntsville, and Central Alabama are gearing up for Christmas vacations with family and friends. While the festive spirit fills the air, it’s essential to ensure that your home remains safe and comfortable, especially when it comes to your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. In this blog post, we’ll explore some valuable HVAC safety tips to keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently during your Christmas getaway.
7 HVAC safety tips
- Protect pipes from freezing
Although we don’t experience the cold weather like northern states, temperatures can drop below freezing and that can lead to pipes freezing. Rather than worry about that while your away, make sure pipes are protected by insulating them.
- Set a programmable thermostat
Before you head out the door, adjust your thermostat to an energy-saving mode. Better yet, if you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of its features to create a customized schedule. Lowering the temperature when you’re away can significantly reduce energy consumption and utility costs. You should also consider turning your system’s fan setting to “auto” instead of “on”.
- Schedule your HVAC maintenance service
Ensure your HVAC system is in top-notch condition by scheduling a routine maintenance check before your departure. When Polar Bear Services performs routine HVAC maintenance, our specialists inspect each unit, clean filters, and address any potential issues, preventing unexpected breakdowns during your absence.
- Remove debris from your outdoor unit(s)
If the wind has blown leaves, twigs, and other debris into your outdoor unit, make sure you clean it out and clear the immediate area so that nothing prevents adequate airflow.
- Replace your air filter
If you haven’t recently, make sure to change your air filter before you leave. This will ensure that your systems get the air in needs to function properly.
- Secure windows and doors
Be sure to close and lock all windows and doors to prevent cold drafts from entering your home. This not only helps your HVAC system but enhances overall home security.
- Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by
If you’re planning on being out of town for more than a few days, it wouldn’t hurt to ask a reliable neighbor or friend to swing by your home to make sure everything is as it should be.
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Whether you’re going away for Christmas or staying put, the HVAC specialists at Polar Bear Services are always here to help you keep your heating and cooling system running as it should. For troubleshooting, HVAC maintenance, or any other help, please reach out to our locally owned and family-operated HVAC company today!