While packing your bags and confirming your travel reservations may be at the top of your list of things to do when you are preparing to go on vacation, it is important to prepare your home for your absence as well.
Although it’s often overlooked, one of of the most important things to prep pre-vacation is your air conditioning system. These tips can help you to reduce cooling-related energy costs and can minimize the chance of repair issues developing while you are away.
Adjust the Thermostat
Before you leave for vacation, take a minute to adjust your thermostat settings. If you plan to be gone for more than a few days, you may not want to waste money fully cooling an empty home. Some may turn the thermostat off entirely, but this could result in high humidity levels and mold growth in the home. A better idea is to simply adjust the AC settings upward without turning the system off entirely.
Unless you turn your AC unit off, the system will continue to function regularly while you are away. The continued use of the system can result in energy charges as well as the potential for repair issues to develop. While most homeowners in Florida do not want to contend with the risks associated with high humidity and heat levels in their home and will want to continue to operate their cooling system while on vacation, most also do not want to pay high energy bills and deal with repair issues when they return.
Schedule Maintenance Service
Scheduling AC maintenance is recommended for all cooling systems at least once per year. This service may include a tune-up and cleaning of the various components. During the service, a technician can determine if any repair issues are developing and can replace worn out components that may potentially break in the coming days or weeks. The technician can also replace the air filter so that the system continues to operate with maximum energy efficiency. AC maintenance service can minimize the chance of a leak, an electrical issue and more from occurring while you are away.
Get Your HVAC System Vacation-Ready
If you are preparing to go on vacation, these tips can help prepare your air conditioning system for your absence. If you’d like to schedule a maintenance appointment prior to going on vacation, call Weather Engineers today to set up an appointment with our hardworking technicians.
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