Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the everyday routine and go on vacation. Spending this quality time with friends and family in the mountains, or on a beach sounds really nice. Whether that be a weekend trip or a full month, it would be nice to get away for a little while. But before you leave, you have to make sure your home is set with these AC tips, so that when you get back there are no surprises.
Most homeowners think the best idea when leaving for vacation is to actually shut off the AC completely. Well that isn’t always the case. Turning off your AC entirely can actually do more hurt to your home than help. Instead turn up your thermostat settings a little and prepare your home for vacation. Here are a few AC tips and tricks to follow when you are about ready to leave for vacation.
Before you leave for the trip you have been waiting for all year make sure your home is ready to survive without you with these AC Tips.
AC Tip #1 – Clean Your Air Filter
The first thing you can do with your AC unit is clean the air filters. Doing so right before you leave can guarantee satisfaction while you are gone. This simple step can lead to peace of mind while you are away knowing your AC unit is in the best shape.
AC Tip #2 – Close Your Windows and Doors
A no brainer is to make sure all of your doors and windows are completely sealed and locked. This might be more for safety reasons, but it can also double as AC precaution. Make sure your blinds and curtains are shut so no unwanted eyes can peek in and so that no air can escape. This is the best way to prevent energy waste while you are out of the house. You home is sealed and shaded from the sun and unwanted visitors.
AC Tip #3 – Install a NEST Learning Thermostat
Your thermostat setting largely impacts the state of your home while you are away. The best thing to do for your home is get a NEST Learning thermostat. You can leave your home at 85 degrees the whole time you are gone but the day you get back set it to normal temperature. Although that method may be ideal it may not be attainable in all cases.
If your thermostat is manual you can still set your thermostat at a higher temperature but be warned when you get back, you will be hot. No matter what keep it on because this will help the airflow to circulate. If not, you will be coming back to a stuffy and dry home. Allowing your home’s airflow to circulate while you are gone can benefit the wood doors, cabinets, and floors in your home. When in doubt keep your thermostat on while you are away enjoying your vacation.
AC Tip #4 – Unplug Before You Unwind
Last but certainly not least reduce your heating and cooling capacity by going unplugged for the time being. Start with electronics. Unplugging the TV and computer can allow a pause in the unused energy flow. Next turn to the appliances. Make sure your toaster, Keurig, and blender are unplugged and put away before you leave for your trip. Only unplug your fridge or freezer if you plan on being gone for an extended amount of time … and only after all the food is taken out. Going unplugged for a small amount of time can allow your air conditioner to not work as hard.
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