If you plan to go somewhere for a summer vacation, it is crucial that you prepare your home AC system in advance. Numerous HVAC mishaps can occur in your absence that can pose a threat to your AC system and your home, so being vigilant and diligently planning ahead will make all the difference in allowing you to have a relaxing, worry-free summer vacation. Check out these easy tips & tricks from your Grove City Heating & Air gang:
Did You Have a Tune-up & Safety Check Done This Year?
In order to keep your AC system running at its highest capacity, preventative maintenance is key! Your HVAC system is a complex piece of equipment that should be adequately maintained and checked yearly. So if you haven’t already had your seasonal tune-up done this year, call Grove City Heating & Air today, and we will get you booked for our soonest availability! Don’t delay; this is something that should be done before you set off for your summer vacation. We want your vacation to be relaxing and without worry. This is why we stress the importance of preparing your AC system beforehand!
Did You Install a Surge Protector?
Power surges or outages can be very harmful to your home and AC system. Therefore, using a whole-house power surge protector is an excellent way to protect your system year-round. So if you don’t already have one installed, please consider getting one, so you don’t have to worry about coming home from vacation to a malfunctioning AC system. With thunderstorms prevalent during the summer season in Ohio, power surge protectors are truly a great thing for homeowners to utilize!
Did You Clean Your Outdoor Unit?
It’s easy to forget about the outdoor unit due to its location. However, it is still essential to maintain your outdoor unit and the area surrounding it. The outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, will likely get layered in pollen, dirt, and other allergens. So if it looks like it could use a wipe down, it probably does. You can clean the condenser off by hosing it down with your garden hose. In addition, make sure you keep the condenser’s vicinity clear of loose debris or plant vegetation that can potentially blow into the condenser’s fan and cause damage to the unit. Additionally, outdoor items should also be kept several feet away from the condenser.
Did You Check & Change Your Air Filters?
Generally, per industry standards, HVAC air filters are supposed to be replaced every 1-2 months. Of course, every home is different based on lifestyle and the number of people and pets in the house. But if your vacation should so happen to fall on the timeframe in which your air filter is due for a change, it would be best to go ahead and replace the air filter before you leave for a trip. You don’t want to return home to a clogged air filter as that can reduce the IAQ in your home and cause your AC to short cycle.
Did You Raise Your Thermostat’s Temperature?
Last but not least, the final step we want to suggest in your preparations for your summer vacation is that you do not shut your AC system off in your absence. This can cause damage to items and plants in your home and negatively affect your home’s indoor air quality. Instead, set your thermostat at 80 degrees or higher. If you have a smart thermostat, you can conveniently operate it from the convenience of your phone and even change it back to your regular settings a few hours before you are due to arrive back home. In addition, setting your thermostat at 80 degrees or higher will result in higher energy savings on your next utility bill without risking any undesirable outcomes in your home.
If you have been looking for a local heating and cooling company you can trust and count on, look no further! At Grove City Heating & Air, we treat our customers like family and strive to give you a five-star customer service experience every time. So if you still need your cooling unit serviced for its safety tune-up and checkup, or if you have any other concerns about your HVAC system, give us a chance and call today at (614) 490-7540; or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! We wish you safe travels this season!