August is heating back up in Maryland and families all over are squeezing in one last vacation before school starts. When you get back home, the LAST thing you want is a hot house because your AC isn’t working properly! Before you load up the car and head out, it is important to make sure that your home, particularly your HVAC unit is as ready for your vacation as you are. Here are five tips to prepare your HVAC system for vacation:
1. Raise the Thermostat:
While you are out of town, you don’t need your system to keep the house at a comfortable, cool temperature. Raising the temperature while you are out of town can save you a lot of money on your energy bill and repairs in the future. In general, it is a good idea to set your thermostat between 80-85 degrees while you are away. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to have your house at a comfortable temperature the day you return.
2. Surge Protection:
You never know when you might lose power at your home. Those summer storms happen out of the blue! If there is a power outage or power surge while you are out of town, your HVAC system could become damaged. Installing a surge protector for your system can help put your mind at ease with the knowledge that your system will not be damaged due to an electrical outage. If you are unsure if your system is protected, give us a call so we can help you determine if you have the right protection for your system.
3. Air Filter Maintenance:
While you are away, your system will still be running. Since it will still be running, it is important that your air filter be as clean as possible before you leave for your trip. Having a clean filter will help prevent any malfunctions with your system while you are away.
4. Reduce the Load:
Make your air conditioner’s vacation more relaxing by reducing some of the load it normally carries. You may not realize it, but many items in your home generate heat even when they aren’t in use. Unplugging electronics and appliances helps your house stay cooler. If you’re going to be away for some time, empty and disconnect your refrigerator; it produces significant heat that makes your AC work harder.
5. Routine Maintenance:
Contact a Michael Bonsby HVAC Technician to service your system before a trip. We will ensure that the coils are cleaned, that you have adequate levels of refrigerant, and that the unit is operating properly. If there are any problems, our technician can detect and address them ahead of your vacation. Even if you will only be gone for a couple of days, having a technician come out and check your system could save you on repairs later.
As you can see, there are a few important ways to keep your HVAC system running at its most efficient while you are out of town. Your vacation should be a time of relaxation, not worries.
By following the simple tips outlined here, you will be able relax on your vacation and the rest of this summer, knowing that your air conditioning system will be in good shape.