Summer isn’t technically over until mid-September, but with the upcoming long weekend for Labor day, many people are fitting in one last summer vacation. While getting out of town and enjoying the long weekend might have you rushing out the door, it’s important to remember to prep your home before you go. A big part of home prep before any vacation is taking care of your HVAC system.
Here are some summer HVAC tips to prepare your system before you head out of town.
Raise the Thermostat
Everyone wants to save on electricity bills, and if you’re heading out of town it can be tempting to shut off your AC unit, but that can lead to heat and moisture problems, and other issues.
If you completely shut off your AC unit and temperatures are high, it can lead to damages to furniture, hardwood flooring, and other components of your home. Since your AC system also works to remove some moisture from your home, turning it off can lead to the growth of mold and mildew.
According to the Department of Energy, you should set your thermostat temperature to around 85-90 degrees before heading out of town on summer vacation. This thermostat setting guideline depends on multiple variables, such as location, home components, etc. For HVAC systems in West Virginia, we recommend raising your thermostat no higher than 85 degrees.
Raising your thermostat to around 80-85 degrees will help you save on electricity bills while you’re away while also protecting your home appliances, furniture, electronics, and more.
Leaving appliances or electronics that you aren’t using plugged in is a waste of energy, especially when you’re away from home. Before you leave for your vacation or trip, take a walk around your home and unplug any unnecessary appliances and electronics.
Unplugging TVs, lamps, coffee pots, cellphone/laptop chargers, digital clocks, and more will save energy while also minimizing fire hazards while you’re away. Unplugging unnecessary appliances and electronics also reduces the temperature in your home, making things easier on your AC unit.
Change Air Filters
Routinely cleaning and replacing your systems air filter is essential for HVAC efficiency and longevity. Right before you head out of town is the perfect time to go ahead and change your air filter.
Ensuring that your air filter is clean before you head out for your vacation will help prevent any system malfunctions while you’re away.
Do a Quick Cleaning
We know the last thing you want to think about as you’re planning a vacation is cleaning, but regular cleaning and dusting help improve indoor air quality and increase HVAC efficiency.
Plus, no one wants to come back home from a vacation to a big mess.
Check Your Yard
Just like it’s important to clean your home before you head out of town, it’s also important to give your yard a once over. As a safety precaution, make sure to clear any objects that can get thrown on your outdoor AC unit with heavy winds.
Sometimes summer storms come out of nowhere. If there are braches, debris, or even children’s toys lying around, they can be blown around, causing damage to your AC system and home.
Make Sure All Windows And Doors Are Closed
Before you leave home, check all the windows and doors to make sure that they are closed and locked. Open windows and doors are both an energy concern and a safety concern while you’re away from home.
Lower Blinds and Close Curtains
While you’re making your rounds to ensure that all your windows and doors are closed and locked, it’s also a good idea to lower your blinds and close curtains.
Since about 76% of the sunlight that falls on your windows enters your home as heat, keeping blinds and curtains closed will save a significant amount of energy and help keep your electricity bill low while you’re away.
Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away
The tips above will help you take care of your HVAC system and your home while you’re away, but there’s more to do for added safety.
While you’re away, it’s a good idea to leave a light on to create the illusion that someone is home. An energy-efficient option for keeping lights on is using a timer, so the light only turns on at night.
If you can, it’s also always a safe bet to have a neighbor check in on your home every day to water plants, grab the mail, make sure there’s nothing suspicious going on, etc.
Taking Care of Your HVAC System with AirXperts
Happy Labor Day Weekend from our team at AirXperts! Remember, the best care for all your HVAC needs is just a call away. Contact us today for HVAC repair, maintenance, replacement, installation, and more!