How Can Homeowners Prepare Their AC System For A Summer Vacation?

How Can Homeowners Prepare Their AC System For A Summer Vacation?

Jun 7, 2022 | Vacation, AC, Air Conditioner, Blog, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Summer, Thermostat

Summer vacation time is so sweet and refreshing – or at least it should be. It’s the time of the year when you get to destress, relax, and put all your worries concerning the daily mundane details of life on a shelf and escape the inevitable. But in order to do this, there are a lot of planning and details that go into organizing a summer vacation. Vacation planning entails taking off from work, setting up childcare if needed, finding a pet sitter, someone to water your plants, and someone to house sit. Whatever your list includes, you will likely be more than ready to sit back and relax by the time summer vacation rolls around! However, your Finneytown Heating & Cooling family wants to ensure you don’t forget about your AC system in the chaos of planning. It’s vital to ensure your AC is running properly and that your system is set up for success in your absence. The last thing you need is to enjoy a great vacation but come home to a faulty cooling unit that will frustrate not only you but your wallet too.

What Temperature Should You Set Your Thermostat On?

Our NATE-certified technicians state that homeowners should set their thermostats between 80-85 degrees when leaving for vacation. Doing this will help protect your furniture, electronics, house plants, and other sensitive belongings such as wine and expensive art. If you choose to shut your AC system off entirely or raise the temperature too high, your home’s humidity levels will increase. You may also deal with issues like warped wood trim and paint peeling off the walls.

What Is the Importance Of a Maintenance Check?

Maintenance checks are the best way to practice preventative maintenance. Therefore, it’s in your AC system’s best interest to make sure it has been serviced for its seasonal tune-up and safety check for the summer. But don’t fret if you haven’t had your cooling unit serviced yet; you’ve still got time! Having this service performed on your cooling unit once a year is crucial. When you book a tune-up and safety check with us, our friendly and knowledgeable technicians make sure there are no underlying issues with your AC. So make sure to have one scheduled before your upcoming vacation!

What Are the Reasons You Should Keep Your Yard Clean?

While it is normal for wear and tear to happen to your residential HVAC system, you still want to take care of it as best as possible to prolong its lifespan. For this reason, you should take care of your yard and the area surrounding your outdoor AC unit, which is also known as the condenser. The condenser is a heavy piece of equipment that blows the cold air into your home. So if outdoor items fall onto the unit and damage it, it could result in cost extensive repairs. In addition, if leaves, small twigs, and plant vegetation are blown into the unit, they can get caught in the condenser’s fan blades which can also lead to needed repairs.

What Other Things Can You Do To Prepare Your AC System For Vacation?

  1. Dust & Clean the House: A few days before your leave, don’t forget to sweep, vacuum, and dust your home. Removing any extra dust and loose airborne particles will help boost the air quality in your home, which results in raising your AC’s efficiency. 
  2. Change Your Air Filters: HVAC air filters should be changed every 30-60 days. So if the timeframe that your air filter needs to be changed falls close to your vacation week, go ahead and replace the air filters beforehand. Coming home to a clogged air filter isn’t ideal!
  3. Remember Your Windows, Doors, & Shades: You can help prevent air leaks and reduce energy inefficiencies by closing your windows, blinds, and shades. If you have any curtains or window treatments on your windows, draw them together. It would also be best to keep bedroom doors open so as to allow good air circulation throughout your home. This will raise the IAQ, and you won’t come home to stale air.

Let Finneytown Heating & Cooling help ease the burden and make your vacation planning a little easier by alleviating the stress for you. If you need to book a maintenance check or have any issues concerning your AC system, we are here to help in any way we can. We count it a privilege to serve you and your family. So call us today at (513) 935-0440, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here! From the bottom of our hearts, we hope you have a wonderful vacation!