Some people forget to consider their HVAC system when preparing for vacation. In most cases, a heating and cooling system can do a fine job of taking care of itself. However, read below to learn about some things you may consider before you head out the door.

Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up

The first thing you can do is schedule a tune-up with a qualified service technician in Bend. A tune-up will help to prevent heating or cooling issues and give you peace of mind while you are away. Service technicians will check to ensure furnaces don’t have any gas leaks and AC units aren’t experiencing refrigerant leaks. They’ll also make sure all mechanical parts are working as intended.

Open All the Vents

It may be tempting to close vents to save money on heating or cooling certain rooms, but this isn’t a good idea. The air pressure in the room with the vents closed will decrease. In this scenario, outdoor air may be pulled into your house, making your heating or cooling system work harder to maintain the temperature you set on your thermostat. An HVAC system that has to work harder causes wear and tear on the system and increases your energy bill. Instead of closing vents, you can close blinds and other window coverings. You can also save on utility costs by lowering the temperature to an energy-efficient setting, we recommend 55 degrees or higher.

Install a Smart Thermostat

You may also consider having Mountain View Heating install a smart thermostat in your home before leaving. Smart technology lets you control your home’s climate, which is especially beneficial if you’re concerned about humidity levels or keeping the house a specific temperature for pets, plants, and anyone house or pet sitting. You can control the temperature directly from your smartphone or tablet, even when you’re thousands of miles away.

Contact Mountain View Heating today if you need an HVAC tune-up or a smart thermostat installed. After you get back from your trip, consider us for all your HVAC needs, including furnace repair, air conditioner repair, or new HVAC system installation.

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