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Preparing Your AC System for Travel

ac systemVacation season is upon us! Before you set off and embrace relaxation mode, there’s one home detail often overlooked: your HVAC system. Just like your houseplants, your HVAC needs a little TLC before you head out. Here at Clay’s Climate Control, we want your return home to be filled with happy memories—not a blast of hot air and a scramble for emergency air conditioning services. Below, our team discusses why an HVAC tune-up is a must before leaving town or returning home for the week! 

Simple Steps for Travel Prep

Here’s the good news; prepping your unit for vacation is a breeze! With a few easy steps, you can ensure your home stays comfortable and your energy-efficient HVAC system avoids unnecessary stress:

  • Adjust the Thermostat: Don’t leave your HVAC running at full blast while you’re gone. Bumping the thermostat up a few degrees (ideally around 80°F) can significantly reduce energy consumption without sacrificing the structural integrity of your home. Remember, an empty house doesn’t need to be as cool as an occupied one.
  • Change the Air Filter: A clean air filter is essential for efficient airflow and optimal system performance. Replace your filter before you leave to ensure your HVAC can breathe easily while you’re away.
  • Power Surge Protection: Storms can occur when you’re away. Consider installing a surge protector specifically for your HVAC unit to safeguard it from potential power fluctuations.
  • Clear Debris: Check around the outdoor unit for any leaves, branches, or other debris that might obstruct airflow or attract unwanted critters.
  • Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up: For ultimate peace of mind, consider scheduling a maintenance check with Clay’s Climate Control. Our qualified technicians can perform a comprehensive inspection, identify any potential issues, and ensure your HVAC system is in tip-top shape before you head out.

Why Prepping Your Energy-Efficient HVAC for Traveling Matters

Whether you’re going on vacation or just returning home for the week, an unexpected heat wave can put extra strain on your unit, leading to potential breakdowns and costly repairs. But that’s not all! An unprepared HVAC system working overtime in scorching temperatures can see a significant spike in energy consumption, leaving you with a hefty bill on top of a malfunctioning system. By taking preventative measures like adjusting the thermostat and replacing the air filter, you can ensure your HVAC system runs efficiently and uses less energy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your empty home. This translates to savings on your energy bill and a system that’s less likely to experience a breakdown during your absence.

Relax and Recharge With Clay’s Climate Control!

By following these simple steps, you can return from your vacation to a comfortable home and a smoothly functioning HVAC system. Here at Clay’s Climate Control, we’re committed to keeping your home’s climate just the way you like it, all year round. 

Are you looking for ways to optimize your HVAC system? Contact Clay’s Climate Control today at 609-281-8527 to discuss our 3C Maintenance Plan and other services designed to keep your home comfortable and worry-free!

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