When you’re preparing for a summer vacation, you probably pack your suitcase, pack some snacks for the road, and hire the neighbor’s kid to watch your dog while you’re away. But before it gets lost in your vacation to-do list, you should add these HVAC-related tasks to protect your King George, VA home.

Program Your Thermostat

Many modern thermostats have programmable settings, including a vacation setting. Turn up the temperature before you leave the house, so you don’t spend money to cool an unoccupied home. If you have a high-quality thermostat, you can even tell it to turn the temperature down just before you get home, so you don’t have to endure a hot night.

Programmable thermostats give you peace of mind while you’re on a summer vacation. If you don’t have one, we can install a thermostat before you leave so you’re covered while you’re hanging by the beach.

Check and Change Your Air Filter

Before you head out of town, make sure your HVAC system is equipped with a fresh, clean filter. Otherwise, it might clog up with dirt and debris before you return home.

The air filter catches contaminants that you don’t want circulating throughout your house. Changing it every one to three months protects you against allergens, pollutants, and other irritants.

Install a Surge Protector

When you install your new thermostat, you should add surge protection to your HVAC system. A surge protector prevents power surges that might damage your air conditioner’s delicate inner components.

It works similarly to a surge protector on your television, computer, or other household electronics. If the power goes out while you’re on vacation, you don’t have to worry about coming home to a disaster.

You don’t want to dwell on your home while you’re enjoying a summer vacation. To ensure your HVAC system is ready for your absence, call Custom/Design Heating and Air Conditioning at 504-322-1096.