How Can Homeowners Prepare Their AC System For Summer Vacation?

Jun 7, 2022 | Vacation, AC, Air Conditioner, Blog, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Summer, Tips & Tricks, Washington Court House, WCH

Summer may not be your favorite season, but everyone loves a summer getaway! Even if it just means a break from school, work, or daily expectations. Though we know how stressful planning for a trip can be. Even if you have made preparations well in advance, there is still the chance of something going astray. That’s why Washington Court House Heating & Cooling wants to help educate you a little on some simple actions you can take to prevent any variables concerning your HVAC system. 

How Does Cleaning My AC Unit Benefit My Summer Plans?

Allow me to be direct for a moment. Even if your AC system is well-maintained, it still gets dirty. And a dirty or damaged system will be rough on your bank account, with increased energy expenses. So before you take that long-awaited vacay, here are a few tips to ensure your system is in its absolute best condition. 

  • Check Air Filters/Replace Dirty Air Filters
  • Clear/Clean Air Vents
  • Inspect Evaporator Coil
  • Clear Clogs from Evaporator Drain
  • Inspect Ductwork for Damage
  • Look for Indoor Refrigerant Leaks

If you are unsure of what you’re doing as you go through this list, or if you feel like this is too labor-intensive for you, give us a call, and we will gladly help in whatever way we can. If you have successfully gone through this checklist, it’s time to turn your attention to your outdoor unit. 

  • Clear Surrounding Plants/Debris
  • Gently Dust Compressor Fins
  • Carefully Straighten Damaged Fins

Dust, dirt, and debris are nuisances that can deter your system from providing adequate airflow. If your system isn’t running smoothly, you will be looking at higher energy bills and a stuffy home upon returning from your travels.

Why Should I Close My Blinds During Summer Vacation?

By closing your blinds while on vacation, you prohibit people from snooping in on your uninhabited home. It also proves to be the most straightforward action you can take to save energy this summer. You won’t be home to enjoy the ambiance of letting some light in any way, and honestly, I can’t think of a better time to utilize your blinds. Shutting out direct sunlight diminishes indoor solar heat, ensuring your air conditioner doesn’t need to work so hard to keep your household cool. Furthermore, investing in blackout blinds isn’t a bad idea either because they are even more efficient in blocking out UV light throughout your home. Reflective blinds are also handy by reflecting light and heat away from your home’s interior, reducing your windows’ heat transfer that much more!

Should I Schedule AC Maintenance Before Summer Vacation?

Absolutely! The best thing you can do for your HVAC system is scheduled professional preventative maintenance before your summer getaway! The last thing you want is to come home to a broken-down air conditioner. Preventive maintenance, when completed by an HVAC specialist, provides the following:

  • Extends the Lifespan of Your AC System
  • Enhances Your AC System’s Efficiency 
  • Cuts Down Energy Expenses
  • Reduces Carbon Footprint
  • Prevents Frequent Breakdowns
  • Maintains Product Warranty
  • Ensures Higher Indoor Air Quality

If your AC system is operating at its highest capacity, you will have peace of mind, knowing you will be coming home from your travels to an environment that is cool, comforting, and cost-effective!

So what are you waiting for? Call Washington Court House Heating & Cooling today at (740) 281-5312, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Summer proves to be the busiest time for our experts because Ohio’s muggy summer heat demands your air conditioning to be on its A-game! Avoid any unnecessary stress, and leave it to us to help ensure your summer vacation is an enjoyable one to remember!

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