You expect your AC to keep you cool throughout the entire summer. So if you want it to continue working well when you get back from your vacation, here are a few tips for prepping your air conditioner before you go on your trip.
Turn Up the Temp
If you’re going to be gone for just one or two days, turn up the temperature on your thermostat to 82 degrees or higher. This prevents your unit from cooling a home that is empty on most days. But it won’t allow your interior to get uncomfortably hot, which will require more AC energy to cool down once you return. If you’re going to be gone for more than a few days, consider turning off your air conditioner entirely to save energy.
Smart programmable thermostats are now available that can control the temperature for certain time periods and even specific days. There are even versions that work by remote with your smartphone. If you install one of these devices, you can have the air conditioner turn on before you arrive, so you come back to a comfortable home. Just keep in mind that it may take your home several hours to get to a cooler temperature if the unit has been shut off for awhile.
Another smart device you can install for your system is a surge protector. This prevents a power surge or outage from damaging your unit. Surge protectors that are specific for central HVAC units are best installed by professionals.
Keep it Clean
Even before you turn on your AC for the summer, have the unit inspected and cleaned by professionals. You don’t want to discover that your air conditioner doesn’t work properly the day before you have to go on vacation. They can also inspect your ducts and vents, fix leaks, and clean them of dirt and debris. Ask them if they have any suggestions for what to do about the AC when you’re gone on your trip.
To save some money, you can change the filter yourself and clean the external condenser of leaves and debris. Make sure that any brush, grass, and foliage grow at least three feet away from your unit so they don’t affect the continuous flow of air or clog the air vents, which can eventually lead to mechanical failure.
You can keep your interiors cooler by preventing the heat of the sun from intruding in the first place. Close all your curtains and blinds to prevent solar rays from entering and to reduce the strain on your AC. Rely on energy-efficient window coverings in light colors that will reflect UV rays out the window instead of absorbing them.
Want to know more about prepping your AC? Or do you need professionals to check out your unit? Then contact us at Buckeye Heating & Cooling before your next vacation.