When you're away on vacation, your heating and air conditioning unit isn't going to operate the same way as if you were home. Before you leave on your next summer trip, abide by the following three HVAC best practices:
Your air conditioner very likely serves an additional function besides cooling your air. It also dehumidifies the air, removing moisture to make the indoor air more comfortable. When your air conditioner removes that moisture, it has to put the water somewhere. That's where your condensate drain (sometimes called a drain line) comes in.
Under normal operations, the water from your indoor air drains from the air conditioner. But if your drain line becomes clogged or blocked, this water can back up, creating extensive indoor water damage and fostering the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. If you are traveling for a long period, you want to make sure this does not happen by confirming the proper operation of your condensate drain.
Since you're not going to be home for a while, you don't need to have your home as cool as you normally would. Cooling an empty house would simply create unnecessary wear and tear on your air conditioner and waste a lot of energy and money.
On the other hand, you don't want to turn your air conditioner off, either. Not having enough air circulation and dehumidifying in the summer (which can occur if the air conditioner isn't running) can cause problems, especially due to the exposure of your furnishings and property to constant high humidity. This stagnant air with high humidity is especially harmful to hardwood floors.
Therefore, raising your thermostat three to four degrees above your normal setting is probably your safest move. It allows you to save money on cooling while you are away and still avoid excessive humidity inside your home.
Your HVAC needs its air filters changed or cleaned every few months to ensure the cleanest air possible, as well as the most efficient operation of your HVAC unit. Before leaving for your summer vacation, clean the air filters. It will make sure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible and reduce the chances of any problems while you are away from your home.
Before you leave for your next summer vacation, take a few moments to check your heating and air conditioning system and take proactive steps to ensure its proper and efficient running. If you need help doing this, try contacting our team at Climate Control online for extra help and advice.Back to Posts