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

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

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Ohio’s summers are hot once they finally roll around! July is set to be the hottest month of the year. So it’s no wonder that many homeowners use the months of June and July to book their summer vacations and get away. Whether you are planning a beach adventure or lake vacation, your Lebanon Heating & Cooling family wants to remind you to include your AC system in your planning and preparations. There might be nothing worse than experiencing a fantastic, fun-filled vacation only to return home to a faulty air conditioning system.

Why Does It Matter To Do Maintenance Before Vacation?

It is likely that your air conditioning system has already been serviced for its tune-up and safety check for the warmer season. But if you haven’t been able to do so yet, we understand! Having your regular maintenance check performed on your cooling unit is vital. Not only is it recommended by the manufacturer, but our NATE-certified technicians recommend doing so too! We check to ensure everything is running correctly with no underlying issues when you book a season tune-up and safety check with us. Our knowledgeable technicians inspect everything to ensure your AC is safe to continue running and passes all current safety standards. So if you still need to have this service done, call us as soon as possible so we can get you booked before your vacation!

Why Should I Change the Air Filter Before Vacation?

HVAC air filters need to be replaced every 1-2 months. So if your air filter is due for a replacement before or on your vacation, go ahead and change your air filter before setting off for your trip. It is not worth it to risk a clogged air filter occurring in your absence. If this happens, you will most likely arrive home to your AC short cycling or experiencing some other issue.

Why Should I Close the Windows, Shades, & Blinds Before Vacation?

Don’t forget about your windows, shade, blinds, and curtains. All window treatments should be closed before leaving your home. When you do this, it helps prevent air leaks and aids in reducing energy inefficiencies. As a plus, these act as another layer of protection to keep out the summer heat. The U.S. Department of Energy states that drawing window treatments closed also helps reduce solar heat in the home by about 50%. 

Why Does It Matter If I Change the Temperature Before Vacation?

So what temperature should you set your thermostat at before leaving for summer vacation? Ideally, we suggest that homeowners set their thermostats between 80-85 degrees. When you set your temperature around this range, it leads to reduced energy consumption and raised energy savings. However, it is also good to note that if you set the temperature too high or choose to shut your AC system off in order to maximize energy savings, it will raise the level of humidity within your home. When this occurs, sensitive items such as collector’s items, art, house plants, and electronics could be negatively affected. 

Summer vacation is a great time to catch up on that much-needed break. You’ve been working hard and deserve to kick your feet up and relax without worrying about the mundane details of everyday life. So keep these tips and tricks in mind as your vacation approaches. And if you need to book your maintenance check or need any assistance with your AC system, don’t hesitate to call us! Call Lebanon Heating & Cooling today at (513) 540-1773, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!