It’s that time of year again- the kids are out of school, the weather’s warm, and you’re long overdue for a few days off from work. That’s right, it’s time for a summer vacation! But before you hit the road, it’s crucial to make sure your air conditioner is prepped to run smoothly in your absence. Use this handy summer vacation HVAC checklist from Andersen Heating & Cooling.
1. Turn up the thermostat
There’s no need to waste money cooling your empty house. Before you head out for your vacation, turn up the temperature on your thermostat. Anywhere from 80° to 85° degrees will lower your A/C costs significantly. Don’t turn off the A/C, however. Your HVAC system will have to work harder than necessary in order to get back to the desired temperature once it’s powered on.
2. Set your programmable thermostat
Set your programmable thermostat to return to your desired temperature 30 minutes to an hour before you get back home on your return date. This will ensure your home is cool and comfortable the moment you step inside after your summer vacation.
3. Close your blinds
Leaving the blinds open allows ample sunlight to flood the interior of your home, raising the temperature several degrees. This can send your A/C unit into cooling mode more than necessary. Close all blinds to keep your home’s temperature consistent.
4. Summer vacation HVAC checklist: Change your air filters!
Make air filter changes a regular part of your pre-summer vacation routine. This will keep your HVAC system running efficiently, even while you’re gone.
5. Schedule HVAC maintenance with Andersen Heating & Cooling
What could be worse than coming home from a vacation only to find that your air conditioner isn’t working and needs repairs? Prevent this catastrophe with preventative maintenance from Andersen Heating & Cooling. Our expert technicians will make sure that your HVAC system is in prime condition before you leave and after you return.
Print this summer vacation HVAC checklist, check it off, and then forget it so you can enjoy your trips this summer!