Setting Your HVAC Before Vacationing

As summer approaches, homeowners start thinking about warm weather and vacations. While this is an exciting thought, are you prepared to leave your home and valuables behind? With all the preparations to take care of before a trip, we often forget about our HVAC system. Bounds Heating & Air, Florida’s HVAC maintenance contractor of choice, offers essential tips to help prepare your HVAC system before setting off on your summer getaway.

Set the Thermostat

Raising the temperature when you’re away from home can help you save money on your energy bill and repairs in the future, so set your thermostat between 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re away. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to switch to a more comfortable temperature upon your return.

Power Surges 

There’s no way to predict when a power outage or power surge is going to occur. If this happens while you’re out of town, it can cause damage to your HVAC unit. Knowing that your system is well-protected by a surge protector will help ease your mind while you’re away. Talk to your local HVAC repair contractor about the right protection for your system. Bounds Heating & Air is here to help.

Air Filters

Your system will still be running while you’re away, so it’s important to either thoroughly clean or completely replace your air filter before you leave. This will help prevent any malfunctions with your system while you’re away. After all, one wants to come home from a relaxing getaway and have to deal with an HVAC breakdown.


Many homeowners set up timers to turn lights on and off while they’re away, but what about the security of your HVAC system? Sensor lights and alarms can provide a valuable level of protection. For added protection, gate off or install locked fencing around your system’s outdoor units.

Routine Maintenance

Before you leave, have your trusted air conditioning repair technician inspect your system. We’ll check electrical connections and make sure coils are clean, refrigerant levels are correct and the air filter is clean.

Bounds Heating & Air is your leading choice for high-quality HVAC products and services in Gainesville and surrounding communities in Florida. Call us today at (352) 290-3370 for a FREE estimate!