Preparing your furnace before leaving for vacation probably isn’t on the top of your mind as visions of warmer weather, sunshine, and relaxing on the beach dance around your head…but it should be.
Leading up to your vacation, there are a few things you should be doing so your furnace will function adequately when you’re away.
Here are five tips to ensure your vacation can be enjoyed without worrying about issues with your heating system.
1. Change Your Furnace Filter
We recommend replacing your furnace filter before you leave for your vacation. Simply take out the old filter, bring it to a hardware store, and replace it with the same brand and model.
Expert tip: Don’t try out a new furnace filter before leaving on a vacation as it may react badly with your furnace and you won’t be home to take notice.
2. Have Your Furnace Professionally Inspected
Having your furnace professionally inspected before you go on vacation will give you peace of mind. It’s important to know that your furnace is operating correctly and there are no mechanical issues to worry about that’ll make for an unwelcome surprise you when you get home.
3. Install New Batteries In Your Thermostat
Some thermostats (usually the value brands) require batteries to operate your furnace. If the batteries are old or the display shows something like “LOWBATT”, replace them. If thermostat batteries lose power while you are away you may return to a very cold house, if not worse.
4. Assign A Trusted Person To Check On Your Home
Knowing that you have someone you can trust checking on your home while you are away will give you peace of mind and is likely important to keep your home insurance coverage valid. We also suggest providing that trusted person with a few service numbers, such as heating repair companies, plumbers, etc. that you would use in case of an incident.
5. Turn Down Your Thermostat
Since you will not be home, you will not require your home to be its normal seasonal temperature while you’re not there. Reducing the temperature will help to keep your energy bills lower. You can also ask your trusted person to turn the thermostat back up just before you get home, or you can have a Smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostat installed that will allow you to turn your furnace on with your phone on your drive home from the airport.