There are few things quite as thrilling as preparing for a family vacation or highly anticipated trip. The excitement is almost as good as the vacation itself. But, what should you do with your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system when you go on vacation?

Should you turn off your HVAC when you go on a vacation or trip? Is there are particular temperature that you should set your thermostat to when away? We review the best ways to prepare your home before your vacation so that you return to a happy HVAC system.

Preparing for Vacation – HVAC Considerations

Sometimes, preparing for a vacation can be stressful. However, prepping your HVAC for vacation doesn’t have to be a source of stress. While there are a number of considerations when preparing for a trip, we have simplified the task when it comes to your HVAC system.

5 Ways to Prep Your HVAC for a Trip or Vacation

  1. Schedule an HVAC tune-up. This ensures there are no surprise HVAC disasters while you are away.
  2. Ensure all vents throughout your home are open and clear so no part of the house rises or falls to an extreme temperature.
  3. Clear debris from the area near your outdoor AC unit to eliminate potential blockages.
  4. Plan for the pets and plants – extreme heat and cold can not only be uncomfortable but can harm your plants and animals.
  5. Get smart – if you are able, now might be the perfect time to invest in a smart thermostat so you are able to maintain climate control remotely from your devices.

What Should I Set My Thermostat at While on Vacation?

So, should you turn off your HVAC when you go on vacation or not? When considering the ideal temperature to set your thermostat at while traveling, there are several factors to think about:

  • Will pets be home while you are away?
  • Will anyone be coming to watch the house?
  • Do you have plants?
  • Is there a high level of heat and humidity in your area?

If there will be pets remaining in the home or if someone will be coming over to watch your house, be sure to set the temperature on your thermostat to one that will be comfortable for them.

Additionally, if you have indoor plants, you will want to make sure the temperature is not too extreme for them to handle, or you could return home to dead foliage.

Depending on the weather, you can increase or decrease your temperature by 3 – 5 degrees to save energy and save money, but we would not recommend going above 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer or below 50 degrees in the winter.

If you will be away from your house for more than a few weeks, be sure to read this article on Thermostat Settings for Vacant Homes.

Returning Home from Vacation

While the temptation to crank your thermostat up or down to achieve the ideal temperature in your home will be strong when you return from vacation, this can result in additional wear and tear on your HVAC system.

If you have a smart thermostat that is accessible via your mobile phone, set your thermostat to a comfortable level a few hours before returning home so when you arrive, it feels cozy.

Whether you are preparing for your dream vacation or returning to an HVAC system that isn’t working properly, the professionals at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning are here to keep your home comfortable. Request an appointment today.