Time to Prep For Time Away

Posted on April 11, 2016

Spring is here! It won’t be long before summer arrives, and with that comes vacation season. Getting organized with spring cleaning and maintenance is important, especially when it comes to your home comfort system. We know you want to get to that vacation but first things first. Before we talk about how to prep your home while you’re away, here are a few reasons to prioritize your home’s air conditioning system on your spring cleaning checklist:

  • Hidden allergens and contaminants. Though you may not be able to see them, they are harmful. Mold, dust and other airborne materials lurk in your system, settle on your system’s coils and other parts and build up in the air ducts.
  • Hidden costs. Dirt on your system’s coils can can account for as much as 30% of a cooling bill, while blocked and leaky ducts can add 20% or more to energy usage. Low refrigerant can also increase your utility bill another 20%.
  • Preparation.The heat of summer is not here yet, but it won’t be long. When it arrives, your air conditioning system will need to be in peak condition to handle your home’s daily cooling needs. You will be glad you maintained your system and addressed A/C repair issues before they become critical.

OK, now that we have talked about spring cleaning, let’s turn to preparing your home for your family’s extended absence. Whether that is simply a two-week vacation or relocation to a second home for many weeks or months, you have work to do. Naturally, cleaning out the refrigerator and making arrangements for care of plants and pets needs to be done. You also need to inform neighbors and local law enforcement agencies you are leaving. Other prep tips include:

  • Televisions, microwaves and other small appliances need to be unplugged.
  • Make sure smoke detectors and security systems have fresh batteries where needed are operational.
  • Turn off water at the main valve. Ask friends or neighbors to turn on water, flush toilets and run faucets once each month.
  • Turn up the air conditioner. An empty house does not need to be cooled as much as when you are there. Turning up your thermostat to 80-85 degrees can potentially reduce you energy costs by 2% percent per degree. Installation of a WiFi thermostat that can be controlled remotely is can also help save you money.

Last but not least, regular tune-ups and maintenance help keep your cooling system maintained in good shape. Call The General today to schedule service/maintenance or to learn more about WiFi thermostat installation.

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