Summer is all about fun and family vacations. When we lock our doors and pull out of the driveway, it’s important to know your home will be safe and secure while you’re gone. Before you head off to some glorious destination, here are a few tips to make sure your Air Conditioner is as ready for vacation as you are.
Raise That Thermostat
There’s no need for you to spend the money keeping your house cool and comfortable if you aren’t there while your on vacation. Setting the temperature higher while you’re gone will save you some money on your energy bill. If you have a programmable thermostat, program it so your home is at a comfortable temperature the day you return.
Reduce Your Air Conditioner’s Load
Unplug the items in your home that generate heat such as electronics and appliances. This will help keep your home cooler and reduce the load placed on your a/c. Refrigerators generate a lot of heat. If you plan on being away for a long period of time, consider cleaning out the refrigerator and unplugging it.
Install A Surge Protector
Summer storms are common, and you never know when you may lose power. A power loss or surge while you are out of town can damage your HVAC system. Make sure you have your system protected by having a surge protector installed.
Don’t Forget Your Air Filter
Before you leave town, make sure your air filter is clean. A filthy air filter can reduce air flow making your HVAC system work harder. A clean filter is a good way to prevent malfunctions occurring while you are away.
The very best way to make sure your air conditioner is functioning a peak performance while you are at home or away on vacation is having routine maintenance performed on the system. Servicing the unit, ensures that your coils are clean, your refrigerant levels are adequate, and the unit is working properly. If your system has not been serviced, give Horne Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (704) 321-4173 or visit www.hornehvac.com. to schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians.