Protecting your home from the heat

Whether you shut off your cooling system while you are away for a long period depends on how well your home is insulated. If you do shut it off, or just turn the thermostat to a higher temperature setting, it's a good idea to remove heat-sensitive items such as candles, pianos and some photo albums. Then, leave buckets of water throughout the house to help prevent the walls and wood furniture from drying out.

If you decide to turn the system off, switch off the main circuit breaker at the service panel so no electricity will be used.

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