Some 84% of American homes have some form of air conditioning in their home, which means that you should also keep it in mind when you make plans to go on vacation. Whether you’re taking a quick weekend trip or an extended vacation away, we’ve got tips to ensure your home is safe, secure, and comfortable when you return.
Here’s a quick HVAC checklist to keep costly repairs at bay. Stay proactive with your AC maintenance!
Change Your Filter
Usually, you should replace your AC filter every 30 days. So, if you leave for an extended period, check your filter! If left unchecked, you’ll likely experience more issues with your AC unit when you return. Beyond ensuring that your AC unit continues to function correctly, a filter change helps ensure your unit is efficient, lowering costs. If you’re worried about how long it will take, you can change the filter in as little as three minutes.
Close and Secure Your Doors and Windows
Checking your windows and doors isn’t just about protecting your house from strangers. You can better monitor and control your indoor temperature, which helps you to keep the costs down. You don’t want the cool air your AC delivers blowing straight outside.
Close Your Curtains or Blinds
Like closing your doors and windows, your curtains and blinds add a layer of insulation. They prevent the sun from overheating the air in your home. When the air is heated and stifling, you’re forcing your AC to work harder, which also involves a higher energy cost.
Remove Debris from Vents and Around Your AC Unit
Regular maintenance is always essential. At Comfort Masters, we offer a comprehensive maintenance program to keep your heating and cooling in optimal condition. If it’s already been over a year, you should schedule an appointment to get your system check-up immediately.
Manage Your Thermostat
If you leave for an extended period, you may be tempted to turn your AC off completely. However, experts agree that raising your thermostat’s temperature is better than turning your system off entirely.
When you turn your AC off, your home becomes sweltering hot, which will rack up more costs once you turn it back on. The high temperatures can also damage the structure of your home. So, it’s best to avoid a complete shutdown.
Set Your Thermostat Between 80° – 85°
Your AC will work smarter, not harder, while you are away and returning. A programmable thermostat is a budget-friendly choice, allowing you to quickly cool down your house to your preferred temperature 30 minutes before you return. So, you’ll still save money on your energy bill, but you’ll be comfortable when you arrive home.
How Comfort Masters Can Help!
The last thing you want is to return from a trip to find your home unbearably hot or damaged. This quick HVAC checklist protects your home while you are gone. Beyond protection and safety, you’re also saving time, money, and energy while enjoying time away from home. For more energy-efficient HVAC methods, contact us at Comfort Masters today to see how we can help you with all your HVAC needs!