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

Jun 7, 2022 | Vacation, AC, Air Conditioner, Blog, Lewis Center, Lewis Center-Powell, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Powell, Summer, Thermostat

Your Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air service professionals are ready for the summer. Bring on the heat! How about you? Are you prepared for the summer? Perhaps you have summer vacation plans underway. Vacation is the perfect time to gain some much-needed rest. It’s no doubt that you deserve it. So we want you to be able to enjoy your vacation without having to worry about anything else. There’s a lot of planning and organizing that goes into planning a vacation. With so many things to check off the list, we are here to remind you not to forget about your AC system in the planning process. Even in your absence, it’s crucial to prep your AC to run at its best capacity.

Is It Helpful To Have the AC Serviced Before Vacation?

Generally, your AC unit should be serviced for its seasonal tune-up and safety check at the beginning of the warmer seasons. But if you have not yet had this service performed, that’s okay. We can still get you booked for our soonest available appointment – preferably before your vacation plans. Having your maintenance check done yearly is crucial in practicing preventative maintenance and extending your AC’s lifespan. When we perform a maintenance check, our NATE-certified technicians do a thorough run-through of your entire AC unit, ensuring everything runs correctly and according to current safety regulations.

Is It Helpful To Change the Air Filter Before Vacation?

Homeowners should be changing their HVAC air filters every 1-2 months. So if your air filter needs to be changed around the time of your vacation, it would be best to change it before leaving. Don’t risk your air filter becoming clogged and causing stale air and poor IAQ while you’re away. You might just find yourself coming home to a stuffy house or an AC system that is experiencing issues due to a clogged air filter.

Is It Helpful To Close the Blinds, Shades, & Window Treatments Before Vacation?

All blinds, shades, and window treatments should be closed or drawn together right before your leave. When this is done, it helps reduce energy efficiencies as well as prevents air leaks. In addition, the shades and window treatments act as another layer of protection against the relentless summer heat. Keeping the hot air out will help to reduce your system’s energy consumption while you’re away. This sounds like a no-brainer to us!

Is It Helpful To Raise the Temperature Before Vacation?

Is there an ideal temperature to set your thermostat on while you’re away from your home and on vacation? Yes! We actually recommend that homeowners set the temperature between 80-85 degrees. This is an excellent range as it results in less energy consumption and higher energy savings. Keep in mind that if you decide to set the temperature higher than the suggested range or even shut your air conditioning system off completely in an attempt to maximize savings on your energy bill, it will raise your home’s humidity levels. Doing this creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Sensitive items such as houseplants, electronics, and collector’s items can be negatively affected as well. So take our word for it and set your thermostat in the suggested range.

Don’t let an HVAC disaster take you by surprise if you can help it! You can anticipate your AC system’s needs before setting off on your summer adventure. Thinking ahead and planning accordingly will make all the difference in allowing you the ability to relax with the peace of mind knowing your AC and home was set up for success in your absence. Let Lewis Center-Powell Heating & Air handle all of your HVAC needs. Call us today at (614) 490-7530, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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