Are you taking a vacation this year? If that’s the case, you’ll almost certainly be making a list of things you need to get done at home before you leave. Don’t forget to include some HVAC preparation in your vacation plans. The best way to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you return home is to plan ahead of time. Continue reading for HVAC preparation tips for your summer vacation.
Most likely, you’ll want to keep your air conditioner running while you’re on vacation this summer. You can set it a few degrees higher than you would if you were at home, but low enough to keep your plants and pets cool and your electronics from overheating.
If you have a Wi-Fi thermostat, you should be able to tell if something is wrong with your air conditioner and it isn’t cooling properly — in which case, you can contact an HVAC company to schedule a repair.
Examining the AC
Air conditioners can fail at the most inconvenient times. That is why you should arrange for someone to inspect your home, especially if you have pets or plants. Your friend should be instructed to contact you or your HVAC technician as soon as possible. You must have someone available to let the service person into your home.
Drainage of Condensate
Another thing to keep an eye out for is an overflowing condensate drain. These drains can become clogged, causing condensation from the coils to overflow and damage carpets, baseboards, ceilings, or walls. Check around the A/C to ensure that everything is dry and that there are no dripping sounds coming from the interior cabinet.
Maintenance That Is Preventative
The best preparation you can make is to schedule preventive maintenance on your air conditioning system before you leave. This can help detect minor issues before they become major repairs. Also, before you leave, replace the air filter.