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Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

April 19th, 2019

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, there’s another task to add to your to-do list. Before leaving on a summer vacation, prep your air conditioner. A few easy steps could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills. Before planning your summer vacation, make sure your air conditioner is ready for your absence.

Help ensure a healthy air conditioner by:

Prepare for Storms

While you’re away from home, it’s possible that heavy rains and severe weather could affect your home and air conditioner. When severe weather arrives, so does the possibility of a power outage or lightning strike that could cause damage to the air conditioning system. Preparing for this possibility could prevent the need for system repair or replacement due to catastrophic damage.

  • If severe weather is likely during your absence from home, consider unplugging the air conditioning system.
  • Remove any items from the yard that could become airborne during high winds. These items could hit the outdoor unit and damage it.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to check on the system after a severe weather event occurs.

Set the Thermostat

In preparing for your travels, adjust the thermostat settings to account for the empty house. Raising the temperature up to 80-90 degrees will reduce utility costs for the period of time that you’re away. If you have plants or other sensitive possessions, you may want to maintain a cooler temperature while away from home.The air conditioner will still turn on occasionally so that the home does not become unbearably hot. Do NOT turn the air conditioner off!

Keeping the thermostat at a higher temperature also helps protect your home from burglary, as it will still appear as if your family is at home as the air conditioner cycles.

Learn more tips for preparing your HVAC system for winter and summer vacation.

Maintenance Value Plan (MVP)

Getting your home’s air conditioner ready for your summertime vacation not only reduces utility costs while you’re away, but it also helps ensure that there will be no unpleasant surprises when you return from your trip.

For peace of mind that your HVAC system is safe and efficient year-round, we highly recommend signing up for a home maintenance plan, such as Service Champions’ Maintenance Value Plan (MVP). This includes annual furnace, air conditioner, and water heater cleanings and inspections, discounts on repairs and replacements, and much more.

Service Champions is known for trustworthy, on-time heating and air conditioning service throughout the East Bay, South Bay, and Sacramento areas.

For help getting your air conditioning system ready for summer, schedule your $78 AC Tune-Up today!

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