Summer Holiday: 4 HVAC Preparation Tips All Homeowners Need To Know

During the summer months, many families take vacations. If your family is planning on taking a vacation away from home, be sure to take some time to prepare your air conditioner. Although most people don't give their cooling system much thought, it is very beneficial to take the extra time to prepare it. So what should you do to prepare your AC for a summer vacation? Here are four tips:

1. Adjust the Thermostat

You should consider adjusting your thermostat while you are away from your home. Even if you will only be gone for a couple days, adjusting the thermostat is very beneficial. Not only will it save you money, but it will also reduce the strain on your cooling system. You do not need to turn it off completely, just raise the temperature so that it doesn't run as frequently.

2. Replace the Air Filters

Replacing the air filters in your HVAC system are also a good idea before you leave for vacation. Even if the filters aren't dirty, take the time to replace them before you leave. Should your filters become clogged while you are away, your cooling system could suffer—and that could result in costly repairs. So always replace, or at least clean, your filters before you leave.

3. Have a Tune-Up

Additionally, it is a good idea to have your HVAC system undergo routine maintenance and cleaning before you leave. You could always do this yourself, if you know exactly what needs to be done. However, it is usually a good idea to hire a professional. These experts know exactly what tasks need to be performed to keep your unit in good condition while you're away. Aside from cleaning, these professionals will double-check all the connections to your system. They will also ensure that the refrigerant levels are within a safe range.

4. Use a Surge Protector

Finally, consider plugging your unit into a surge protector. In the event of a large storm or power outage, a surge protector will keep your system from becoming damaged. You can purchase a surge protector and plug your system into it. Alternatively, you can hire a professional to install a surge protector in your home for all of your electronic devices.

While most people do not think they need to protect their cooling system during summer vacation, it can be very beneficial to do so. Use these tips, along with the help of an HVAC professional, to help get your home ready for the summer. To learn more, contact someone like Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc.