Spring break is fast approaching, which means vacation is right around the corner. No one wants to experience problems with their heating and cooling system when they return from a peaceful vacation. Keep your system healthy while you are gone by scheduling preventative maintenance and adjusting your thermostat settings. KS Services offers preventative maintenance plans and last-minute tune-ups for your HVAC system. We will ensure your unit is operating smoothly and efficiently before you head out, giving you peace of mind while you enjoy your spring break.
Adjust Programmable Thermostat Settings
Thermostat settings are important to your heating and cooling system’s efficiency and smooth operation on a daily basis. When you are at work, school, home or asleep, your programmable thermostat settings control when your HVAC system kicks on and off. Adjusting your programmable thermostat settings before you leave on vacation gives your heating and cooling system a much-needed break while you are gone. A system operating less often, especially when no one is home, increases energy savings. Reducing the stress on your system also extends its life expectancy and reduces surprise malfunctions later in the spring.
Many programmable thermostats have a setting for vacation, which allows you to simply push a button before you leave. Adjust your thermostat settings by a few degrees to keep your unit from kicking on constantly. No one is home to deal with the indoor temperature being too high or low, so adjusting the temperature doesn’t inconvenience anyone. Your heating and cooling system will still heat and cool your home only when the temperature falls below the set temperature. Once you return home, turn vacation mode off or switch the programmable thermostat settings back to normal.
Check Your Thermostat Placement
Another great way to boost energy savings and prevent malfunctions with your HVAC system while you are gone is by checking your thermostat placement. An incorrectly placed thermostat will cost you more money on your energy bill and weaken your heating and cooling system. Two rules for thermostat placement are:
- An interior wall of your home, centrally located
- Away from direct sunlight and air vents
Avoid faulty thermostat readings and move your thermostat if your thermostat is located in any of the following areas:
- In direct sunlight where the sun’s warmth will interfere with the thermostat readings
- In hallways where no one stays for extended periods of time
- Near doors or windows where a draft is common and will cause faulty thermostat readings
- In the kitchen where the heat from other appliances will compromise the temperature within the room and
- Anywhere near air vents blowing hot or cool air directly on the thermostat.
Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat
If your current thermostat is old or placed incorrectly, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat before leaving on vacation. Smart thermostats offer several features to improve your heating and cooling performance while increasing energy savings. You can change your thermostat settings remotely via a Wi-Fi network using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Remote access to your thermostat is a plus when you go on vacation because you can switch to vacation mode anywhere. You can even switch your settings back to normal operation right before you arrive home, which provides a comfortable environment immediately when you walk through your door.
Adjust your programmable thermostat settings before you head out on vacation and boost energy savings and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. Contact KS Services to schedule preventative maintenance on your unit before you leave and speak with our NATE-certified technicians about upgrading your thermostat to a smart model.