Whether you’re taking a long weekend trip or an extended summer vacation, you want to keep your home costs low. At the same time, you also want to make sure it’s properly cared for to ensure everything runs smoothly when you return. This includes checking and preparing your home’s heating and cooling. We have the breakdown you need to determine how to maintain your air conditioning while on vacation.
It’s tempting to turn your air conditioner off entirely while you’re away. While this may seem cost-effective, it’s not the best plan of action for your home. If your home has no air conditioning for an extended period, it can suffer serious damage from excess heat and humidity.
High heat and humidity trapped in the home can attract things like mold, dust mites, fleas, and insects. Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also negatively impact your home’s air quality. Your air conditioner both cools and dehumidifies the home to help prevent these types of issues.
If the outside temperature is in the high 90s, we recommend homeowners keep their air conditioner set at 84 degrees Fahrenheit or lower when they are not at home. The system needs to run at least a few hours per day to cool and dehumidify your home. This should keep your system cycling often enough to keep temperatures within a safe range to help you lower your home’s energy expenses.
Dirt often destroys the efficiency of air conditioners. Therefore, it is ideal to change your air filter every few months, especially if you plan to take an extended trip. You may also consider scheduling a professional cleaning and maintenance service before you go. Regular checkups and cleanings keep your air conditioning system operating at its highest efficiency, both while you’re at home and while you’re on vacation.
You should also close all doors and windows, as well as blinds and curtains. These simple precautions will prevent energy waste, maintain temperature and save money by ensuring your home is properly closed, sealed, and shaded from the sun while you are away.
Unplugging other appliances, such as your television, gaming system, and computer is another way to avoid using unnecessary power. Even items that aren’t in use can generate heat. Ultimately, this makes your air conditioner work even harder to maintain your home’s temperature.
Viviano Heating & Air Conditioning can repair and maintain your air conditioning system the right way! If you are having a problem with your air conditioner, call Viviano to schedule a repair. Our highly trained service technicians will provide you with the correct diagnosis the first time. You can feel assured that your equipment will be operating properly, all summer long. Request service here.