Summer is the time for barbecues, pool parties, and vacations. But while you’re away enjoying yourself, making sure your home’s air conditioning system is running smoothly is important. The last thing you want is to come home to a stuffy, humid house.
Here are a few tips on keeping your AC system in top shape while you’re away on vacation.
Set Your Thermostat to “Vacation” Mode
If you have a programmable thermostat, setting it to “vacation” mode will ensure that your AC system doesn’t work harder than necessary while you’re away. Simply set the temperature to a few degrees higher than your usual setting, and the thermostat will automatically adjust to keep your home comfortable.
Keep Your AC System Clean
Before you leave on vacation, give your AC system a thorough cleaning. It ensures the AC runs efficiently, and won’t have to work overtime to keep your home cool. It will also prevent potential problems arising from a dirty AC system.
You can do it yourself or hire a professional from Sharon’s Heating & Air Conditioning for an annual maintenance check.
Schedule a Tune-Up
If your AC system is due for a tune-up, it’s best to schedule it before you leave on vacation. It will ensure that your system runs at peak efficiency and won’t break down while you’re away.
While most AC problems can be fixed easily, it’s always better to prevent them from happening.
Check for Leaks
Before you leave, it’s also a good idea to check your AC system for any leaks. Even a small leak can cause your system to work harder than necessary, so fixing any leaks before they cause more problems is important. Check for leaks by looking for wet spots on your AC unit or listening for a hissing sound.
Keep Your Vents Clear
If your vents are blocked, it can cause your AC system to work harder than necessary. Keep the vents clear of furniture or other objects so the air can flow freely.
If possible, have a friend or neighbor check on your AC system while you’re away.
Use a Dehumidifier
Being away for a long time can cause the humidity in your home to increase. This can be a problem for your AC system, as it will have to work harder to remove the excess moisture from the air.
Using a dehumidifier in your home while you’re away is an excellent option to combat this. By removing excess moisture from the air, your AC system will work more efficiently, and you will return to a fresh, comfortable house.
Monitor Your Energy Usage
If you’re worried about your energy usage while you’re away, there are a few things you can do to monitor it. Many utility companies offer online tools allowing you to track your energy usage. It is a great option to help monitor your AC system’s energy usage while you’re away.
Be Cautious of Extreme Temperatures
If the temperatures outside are extremely hot or cold, it’s best to avoid using your AC system. These extreme temperatures put a strain on your system and could cause it to break down. If you must use your system during extreme temperatures, be sure to have someone check on it frequently to ensure it’s running properly.
Have It Checked after You Come Back
When you return from vacation, have your AC system checked by a professional to ensure that it’s running properly and prevent any future problems. You can contact Sharon’s Heating & Air Conditioning for all your AC needs. Our competent staff will be more than happy to help you with your AC needs. We are just a call away.
Following these tips, you ensure that your AC system runs smoothly while you’re away on vacation. So, enjoy your time away, and don’t worry about your AC system – it will be just fine.