Should I Turn My Furnace Off When I Go On Vacation?

With winter setting in, many of us plan vacations to escape the chilly weather and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. While eagerly packing your bags, it’s essential not to overlook the necessary preparations for your home, particularly if you live in a region with frigid temperatures. In this blog post, we’ll discuss setting your furnace and water heater before leaving on a vacation, focusing on preventing frozen pipes and safeguarding your property against the cold.

  1. Adjusting Your Thermostat: Before leaving your home, make sure to set your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature that is both cost-effective and sufficient to prevent freezing. It is important to keep your home warm enough to protect against freezing but avoid wasting energy. Additionally, you might want to explore smart thermostat options that offer added convenience and control. Smart thermostats offer features that allow you to adjust your home’s temperature remotely through a smartphone app. They can optimize energy usage and provide peace of mind by allowing you to monitor and control your HVAC system while away.
  2. Insulating Exposed Pipes: Frozen pipes are a common winter woe that can lead to extensive damage. Insulate exposed pipes, especially those located in unheated areas like basements, attics, and crawl spaces. This simple step can help maintain a stable temperature around the pipes, reducing the risk of freezing.
  3. Dripping Faucets: Allowing faucets to drip slightly can prevent water in the pipes from freezing. This continuous flow, even at a slow rate, can make a significant difference in preventing ice buildup and potential pipe bursts.
  4. Shutting Off the Main Water Supply: For longer vacations, consider shutting off the main water supply to your home. This ensures no water flows through the pipes, significantly reducing the risk of freezing and leaks. After shutting off the main supply, drain the water lines by opening faucets and flushing toilets.
  5. Winterizing Outdoor Plumbing: Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses and shut the water supply to external faucets. This prevents water from freezing in the hoses and pipes connected to the exterior of your home.
  6. Setting Your Furnace and Water Heater:
  7. Insurance Company Recommendations: Review your insurance policy to understand specific requirements or recommendations for preventing pipe bursts. Insurance companies may encourage homeowners to take preventive measures such as maintaining adequate heating, insulating pipes, shutting off the water supply, and periodic home checks.
  8. Enlist a Neighbor or Friend: If possible, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to check on your home periodically. In case of unexpected issues, having someone available to address them promptly can prevent more extensive damage.

By taking these precautions and incorporating smart technology, you can enjoy your winter vacation worry-free, knowing your home is well-protected against the cold. For professional HVAC services and further assistance, contact us. Ensure your heating systems are in top-notch condition before you leave. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a warm welcome when you return. Safe travels!

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Scott Tizzard

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Since 2013 I have been helping Canadians by providing the best in class heating and cooling solutions for their homes and businesses. I am hands on with my business and take pride in our work and craftsmanship. We look forward to taking care of your needs. Feel free to contact me directly.