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Do I Leave My Heater on While I am Away for Vacation?

July 16, 2019

The summer is upon us, which means most of us will pack up and leave our homes at some point. Whether you will be gone for a weekend or over a week, one question on your mind might be whether to keep the heater running.

The answer depends on the situation. In the winter, you will need some sort of heat in your home, because if the temperatures inside drop too low, you might come home to burst pipes and damage you did not anticipate welcoming you back. Also, you have other considerations before clicking the thermostat to “off” and heading out the door.

Considerations for Leaving Your Heater On or Off While on Holiday
Your furnace in Winnipeg might be older, or it could be a top-of-the-line energy-efficient unit. Regardless, you need to consider a few factors before turning it off while you are gone, and what might happen if you do.

Some items to consider:

• Temperatures Outside: How cold will it be while you are gone? When temperatures drop too low, the water in your pipes can freeze. Therefore, you should not let the interior temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Gas Leaks or Carbon Monoxide Leaks: When you are gone for extended periods of time, how will you know if there is a gas leak or carbon monoxide leak detected? This is one issue that might arise from leaving your unit on while you are away. If you have a smart home, consider connecting a carbon monoxide detector to your home security system, so that you can receive alerts on your phone when carbon monoxide is detected. Modern furnaces are equipped with safety fittings; therefore, the chances of a leak in your home while you are away are low.
• Wasted Energy: You might think about turning off your furnace because you do not want to spend energy while away. There is a way to protect your home from frozen pipes while still conserving energy. You can set your thermostat to a lower setting, such as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Heating Everything Back Up: When you leave your furnace in Winnipeg off for too long, and your home’s temperature drops too low, it will take time for your furnace to heat the house back up upon your return. By keeping it at a reasonable temperature, it will heat up quickly, but still not waste energy in the process.

Prepare Your Gas Furnace in Winnipeg for Your Holiday
To make sure everything is working as it should, and it is safe to leave your furnace running while away, have your furnace serviced by the team at East Side Ventilation. We will inspect your furnace, clean it, change the filter, and ensure you have a furnace ready to run, no matter how long you have been away.

Schedule your furnace cleaning in Winnipeg or surrounding areas with the HVAC team from East Side Ventilation. Call us today at 204-667-8700 or contact us online to inquire about our furnace repairs.
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