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

Jun 7, 2022 | Vacation, AC, Air Conditioning, Blog, Fairfield, Fairfield-Hamilton, Hamilton, Maintenance, Ohio, Summer, Thermostat

Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling wants you to have the best summer possible and enjoy the plans you have set up for your summer vacation. June and July are the hottest months of the year. Therefore, it is essential as a homeowner to make sure your A/C system is running at its highest capacity and is set up to run smoothly in your absence. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your A/C will run with no underlying issues. You will be able to enjoy your vacation better without the stress and worries of wondering whether your A/C unit is running without issues. So keep reading for some valuable points on how to prepare your A/C system for summer vacation.

How Does Using a Surge Protector Benefit Your A/C System?

Surge protection is crucial to guarantee your A/C system is protected from power surges or outages. Since thunderstorms are huge factors in the summertime, we highly recommend using a surge protector to protect your home and A/C unit. You definitely don’t want to come home after a nice, refreshing vacation only to return to a malfunctioning air conditioner that will result in cost extensive repairs and possibly even replacement.

How Does Cleaning Your Condenser Aid Your A/C System?

Your condenser is the large metal box located outside. Typically, it is located on the side of the house or in the backyard. Per industry standards, it is recommended that the area around your condenser be kept clear of any obstructions or plant vegetation that may fall onto or get blown in the condenser’s fan blades. This could be harmful to the unit and hinder it from working correctly. It could also cause more damage resulting in costly repairs. So take it from us, and a couple of days before you leave for vacation, make it a point to check the condenser’s vicinity. Move any outdoor items away from the unit, so nothing can fall on it while you are away. In addition, any fallen leaves and branches should be cleared out of the area so as not to get stuck inside the unit’s fan blades.

What Does Seasonal Maintenance Do For Your A/C System?

Hopefully, you have already had your A/C system serviced for its seasonal tune-up and safety check by this time of the year. But if you haven’t yet, don’t worry. It isn’t too late! Having your seasonal maintenance performed on your cooling unit is essential to ensure everything is running fine. When you schedule a maintenance check with Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling, our friendly and knowledgeable technicians perform a thorough inspection and make sure everything with your A/C is running according to today’s safety regulations. So call us today to get one scheduled before your upcoming vacation.

How High Should You Raise Your Thermostat’s Temperature?

It’s common for homeowners to think it is best to turn off the air conditioner when leaving for an extended period. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! When you turn off an A/C system in the hottest months of the year, it raises the humidity level in the house, which leads to negative reactions such as warped wood trim in the house, peeling paint, and other HVAC disasters. So instead of turning off your A/C system, you should set your thermostat’s temperature to at least 80 degrees. It’s also okay to raise the temperature higher if you are comfortable doing so. For instance, 80-85 degrees is an excellent range to stay within. If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, you can always set it to change back to your regular household temperature before arriving home. Raising the temperature will enable your cooling system to perform its job without sacrificing the air quality within your house, thus reducing energy consumption and leading to lower energy costs on your energy bill.

Get your A/C system vacation ready with your Fairfield-Hamilton Heating & Cooling family. We are here to assist you with all your HVAC needs. So if you have any questions or concerns, call us today at (513) 540-1716, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!

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