How Can Homeowners Prepare Their AC System For A Summer Vacation?

Jun 7, 2022 | AC, Air Conditioner, Air Filter, Blog, Lancaster, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Summer, Thermostat, Vacation

Summers in Ohio are hot and can be majorly uncomfortable without an adequately working AC system. As a homeowner, you want to make sure your AC runs in tip-shop shape and at its highest efficiency. June and July are no doubt the hottest months of the year! So it’s no wonder that many people aim to schedule their summer vacations around this time. Perhaps you are planning a sweet escape to the beach or a quaint little getaway at the lake. No matter your plans, Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning wants to make sure you include your AC system in your summer vacation preparations. You don’t want to get stuck in an overheated home because of a faulty AC unit after returning from a much-needed vacation.

Should You Change Your Air Filter Before You Leave?

Per industry standards, your HVAC air filters need to be replaced every 30-60 days. So if your filter is due for a change before or on your vacation, the answer is yes! Definitely go ahead and change your air filter before you leave for vacation. It is better to replace your air filter a little earlier than to risk a clogged air filter while you’re away and return home to an AC that is short cycling as a result.

Should You Schedule Your Seasonal Tune-up & Safety Check Before You Leave?

By now, you most likely have already had your air conditioning system serviced for its tune-up and safety check for the season. However, if time has gotten away from you, we understand. It happens to the best of us! So don’t fret; it’s not too late. You still have time to call us and get on the schedule before your vacation. So contact us as soon as possible so we can get you booked for our soonest availability!

Should You Close Doors, Windows, & Shades Before You Leave?

All windows, shade, blinds, and curtains should be closed before exiting your home and setting off for your summer adventure. Doing this helps prevent air leaks, greatly reduces energy inefficiencies, and acts as an extra layer of insulation from the summer heat. Per the U.S. Department of Energy, when homeowners do this, it helps reduce solar heat from affecting the home by about 50%. After you have secured all the windows, we recommend leaving the bedroom doors open to allow good air circulation. Of course, all exterior doors to your home should remain locked and closed for safety reasons. 

Should You Change the Thermostat Temperature Before You Leave?

Our last point is our most frequently asked question about summer vacation preparation. What temperature should you leave your thermostat on for summer vacation? Our NATE-certified technicians recommend homeowners set their thermostats at 80-85 degrees. Setting your temperature within this range leads to less energy being consumed while allowing your home to circulate with proper ventilation. On the other hand, if you set your thermostat too high or even shut your whole HVAC system off to maximize energy savings, it could raise the humidity levels and be detrimental to sensitive items in your home. Things like wine, collector’s items, expensive art, and house plants could be negatively impacted. So take our word for it and choose a temperature within the suggested range.

Avoid potential problems with your AC system this summer by following these tips & tricks! When you anticipate your AC unit’s needs ahead of time, you will save yourself the extra stress and hassle of an HVAC disaster. Call us today if you still need to book your seasonal tune-up and safety check or if an issue arises with your AC unit. We are ready to help! Beat the heat with Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning. You can reach us at (740) 625-2320 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! And last but not least, have a fantastic summer vacation!

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