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Taking a Vacation? Tips for Controlling Your Home’s Climate While You’re Gone

Taking a Vacation? Tips for Controlling Your Home's Climate While You're GoneTaking a vacation is a welcome rest from your regular routine, but worrying about your home could cause you undo stress. Take these steps to control your home’s climate while you’re gone to avoid the damage that extreme temperatures can cause.

Keep your heat on while you’re taking a vacation

The weather may be mild at home, but dipping temperatures that occur at night could put a strain on the pipes in your home. Turning off the heat completely seems like a great way to save on energy costs when you don’t need to control the temperature to stay comfortable. However, turning on the heat in cool weather maintains your HVAC system while regulating the indoor temperature.

Freezing temperatures that occur overnight can cause pipes to burst.  While this is rare in Fresno, it’s not a risk that you should take. Keep your heat turned low to avoid the worry.  A minimum temperature of 60 degrees is recommended.

Keep your heat or air conditioning circulating for best results

Letting your heat or air conditioning shut off automatically when target temperatures are reached is a good way to cut down on energy use when you’re home, but it’s best to keep your heating or cooling on continuously when you’re taking a vacation. The regulation of indoor temperature prevents humidity that could occur if you have a source of condensation.

Humidity is a major problem inside your home. Condensation that builds up leads to hidden mold growths that you probably won’t discover until significant damage has been done. Be sure that the air in your home is regulated while you’re gone to prevent the buildup of condensation.

Maintain your HVAC system with Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning

Making sure that your heating and cooling systems run well when you’re taking a vacation is a matter of keeping them maintained throughout the year. Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning provides a full range of HVAC services that will keep your heating and cooling systems running like new. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and gain peace of mind while you’re away.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about your home’s climate and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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