Understanding HVAC Guidelines
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Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.

Understanding HVAC Guidelines

Prepare Your Cabin Before Locking It Up For A Couple Months

Marilou Girard

If you own a log cabin that you utilize as a weekend or holiday retreat and are going to be busy for the next couple months and won't have the opportunity to stay in your home away from home for a while, it is important to make some preparations before locking up the cabin so that the next time you plan to visit, you won't be inconvenienced by damages and necessary repairs.

Do Some Basic Cleaning, Remove Perishables, And Cover Furnishings

Use a disinfectant and soft cloth to wipe off surfaces in the cabin. Bag and dispose of household trash and vacuum floor coverings. Use bleach that has been mixed with water to mop tile or laminate flooring. Inspect the refrigerator and remove perishables from inside of it. If the cabin often becomes covered with a light coating of dust after several days of it being vacant, use clear slipcovers to protect furnishings. 

Clean Components Of The Central Heating Unit And Set The Thermostat

Turn off the power to the central heating system. If several vents are connected to the heating unit, removing dust and dirty buildup from each vent will prevent allergens and contaminants from blowing through the vent covers and settling into the rooms of the cabin. Use a heavy duty shop vacuum cleaner hose to suck up loose dust. If dust is stuck on the interior walls of each duct opening, put on a face mask and use a stiff bristled brush to loosen dust before sucking it up.

Visually inspect the heating unit's filter and purchase a new filter if the current one is covered in a thick layer of dust. If you plan to leave the heat on while you are away from the cabin, set the thermostat to a low, yet comfortable setting. Otherwise, turn the power off to the heating unit.

Install New Locks And Hire A Groundskeeper

If the locks installed on the front and back door to the cabin are old and you do not feel secure leaving the cabin unattended for such a long amount of time, investing in new locks will help safeguard your cabin from intruders.

Hiring a groundskeeper is another way to ensure that your property remains damage-free. A groundskeeper can occasionally walk on the property that the cabin is located on to make sure that nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. If you provide the groundskeeper to the keys to the cabin, they can inspect the heating unit and other appliances inside to make sure that they are operating properly. 

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