How to Prep Your AC System Before Vacation 

Stop newspaper delivery – check. Shut off the water supply to prevent flooding – check. Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house and water your plants – check.

While there are plenty of other pre-vacation planning and preparation measures on your list, have you decided what to do about your central AC system while you’re gone? Hopefully, the following advice will help.

Don’t Turn Your AC System Off

One way an AC system does its job is by removing humidity. So, turning it off not only will turn your house into a hot box, but a sweaty one at that.  

For optimum comfort and proper home care, keep indoor humidity levels between 30 – 50%. A simple hygrometer – available at local home centers – will help you keep track.  

Without humidity control, you’re likely to face these and other problems:   

  • Mold build-up on surfaces and in the air
  • Musty smells and odors
  • Peeling paint
  • Warped wood furniture (floors, cabinets, etc.)

More Reasons to Keep Your System Running

Turning off the AC system during your vacation also can lead to:  

  • Refrigerator damage from added stress
  • Food spoilage in your pantry
  • Damage to sensitive electronics

So, what’s a careful homeowner to do?

Keep Your AC System On, And Turn Up the Thermostat

Keeping your AC system on doesn’t mean maintaining “cool and comfortable” temperatures.  You just want the interior to be cool enough to prevent damage from high heat and humidity. A setting of 83-86 degrees should be adequate, which means you’ll also see a nice reduction in your next electricity bill.

For greater peace of mind, consider replacing your main thermostat with a programmable model that also includes a Wi-Fi accessible app. That way, you can keep track of your system’s performance during your absence and contact a professional should you detect a problem. After all, who wants to come home to zero air conditioning? No one we know!

AC Preventative Maintenance

If it’s been a year or longer since your AC system was last cleaned and inspected, we urge you to contact Air Professionals today to schedule service. That way, if we uncover any problems – regardless of degree of severity – we can take the necessary action steps to prevent further damage and unnecessary repair bills.