How You Can Prepare Your HVAC for Your Summer Vacation

How You Can Prepare Your HVAC for Your Summer VacationWhile summer vacation is a much-needed respite for you, it’s business as usual for your air conditioner. During the cooling season, the A/C doesn’t get much of a holiday. It’s important to make sure the unit is up-to-date with regular maintenance. After summer vacation is over and it’s time to come back to the daily grind, you’ll be happy to have reliable cool comfort waiting for you.

Here are some things to take care of before you leave:

  • Change the air filter. Because an air conditioner typically runs more daily hours than a furnace, most experts recommend changing the filter monthly. Get it done now, before you leave, so the system will be at optimum performance and efficiency while you’re gone.
  • Check the outdoor unit. Summer’s the growing season for weeds and other vegetation that may block the air vents of the outdoor half of your central air conditioner. Cut back any overgrowth to maintain at least two feet of open space on all sides.
  • Open all air vents in the house. There’s no benefit to closing air vents — whether you’re at home or not — and it could make your system run overly long cycles as air circulation becomes unbalanced. Also, make sure nothing is obstructing vents such as furniture, curtains and so forth.
  • Take a look at the condensate drain pan. It’s the wide pan underneath the indoor air handler that collects and drains away condensate. It’s normal for the pan to appear wet, but make sure there’s no standing water that could indicate a clogged drain and a damaging overflow while you’re away. Contact your HVAC contractor if you see standing water.
  • Bump the thermostat up. Just before you leave, turn the thermostat up five degrees to maintain the house at a slightly warmer temperature. If you have a programmable thermostat, select the “Vacation” mode to override normal daily temperature programming and keep the temperature consistent.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has been on the job for the homeowners of Terre Haute. Have a safe summer vacation, and let us help with any home cooling issues when you return.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about summer vacation preparation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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