Should I Turn My Furnace Off When on Vacation?

The holiday season is almost here. You and your family may be looking to go on vacation to escape the cold Arizona winter as the holiday season quickly approaches. There are some things you should do before you leave your home for a brief respite in warmer conditions. In an attempt to keep energy costs down while the house is vacant, some people choose to turn the furnace off before they leave for vacation. Nobody’s home, so no need to keep the heat on. At least that’s what most people think. But wait, is turning off the furnace when on vacation a good idea? There’s a bit of confusion on whether it’s smarter and even cost-efficient to completely turn off the furnace before leaving for vacation. No, it’s not. Here’s why.

Why You Should Keep the Heat Running

But leaving the furnace running when you are not home makes no sense, right? Well, not quite. It does make sense because it protects you from unplanned expenses. The plumbing in your house is protected from freezing by indoor air. Shutting the furnace down could freeze your pipes and cause them to burst and flood your home. Is saving a few dollars in energy costs worth all the mess that a burst pipe could cause?

A Costly Disaster

No, that’s a costly disaster that every homeowner should try to avoid at all costs. And while pipes freezing in your absence and potentially bursting is bad enough, turning off the furnace completely subjects your home to a variety of environmental agents. An extended freeze or an unexpected snowstorm could spell disaster for your household appliances. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to leave the furnace on when leaving your home for vacation during the cold season.

Heating Service in Phoenix

Instead of turning the furnace off completely, turn the temperature down a significant number of degrees when going on vacation during winter. If you’re looking for air conditioning installation, furnace replacement, or any type of heating, cooling or plumbing in Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix, and the entire East Valley, AZ area, Collins Comfort Masters is here to serve you. Give us a call for more information about our services.