Summer is almost here and for some of us, so is a long, relaxing vacation. Leaving your home unoccupied for weeks or months at a time requires some preparation. Making sure that your air conditioner is ready should be one of your priorities before leaving.
Even though you’ll be gone, your AC unit is going to be responsible for maintaining an optimal climate in your house so you won’t come home to excessive heat, humidity and temperature damage to your belongings.
While it may sound odd, leaving your air conditioner on while you’re gone is actually more energy efficient than turning it off. Maintaining a moderate temperature while you’re away will take less energy than trying to quickly cool down your home by 20 degrees or more upon your return. High temperatures and humidity can also cause damage to your walls, furniture and electronics.
So, since your AC is going to be running without you there to monitor it, make sure it’s prepared for the job.
AC Vacation Checklist
Set the temperature: Your home won’t need to be kept as cool as it would it if you were staying in it, so it’s OK for it to be a little warmer than usual while you’re gone. Most of us are comfortable between 72 and 76 degrees, but while you’re away, set the temperature to at least 80.
Replace the filter: To maximize efficiency and air quality, it’s best to change your air filter every month. If you know you’ll be gone for several weeks or more, be sure to change the filter before you leave.
Install a programmable thermostat: This is the best way to monitor the temperature in your home while you’re away. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, and you can even control some models from your phone!
Schedule an AC maintenance visit: After a long drive or flight, coming home to a broken air conditioner would certainly be an unwelcoming surprise. Have a professional technician give your AC a checkup well before you leave to make sure everything is operating correctly.
Get Your AC Ready Before Your Summer Trip!
At Engineered Air, we offer a variety of high-tech programmable thermostats along with several AC maintenance agreements to keep your system running efficiently. Let us make your summer vacation even more relaxing by giving you peace of mind that your AC is running smoothly while you’re gone.