Your Vacation Plans Are All Set: What About the A/C?

Your Vacation Plans Are All Set: What About the A/C?

Aug 8, 2013

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your summer vacation plans but you’ve probably overlooked some important details. Is your Central Florida home prepared for you not being in it? You need to ensure that your house remains safe, secure and at the proper temperature. Make sure that you have a comfortable home to return to after your trip by taking some important precautions before you leave.

Keep your house looking lived in

Turning off all your lights, appliances and air conditioning makes it obvious that you’re gone. This transforms your home into a prime target for burglars. Leaving lights on timers is one way to make your home appear lived in but an observant home invader will see beyond that. If it’s hot and humid (as it is most of the time here in Florida) and there’s no sign of your A/C running, that’s a big sign that you’re not home. Having the A/C turn on at timed intervals and/or set temperatures will help it appear lived in.

Be sensibly energy efficient
Turning your A/C totally off when you leave on your vacation plans seems cost effective but it actually isn’t. You have items in your home that don’t do well in the excessive heat that builds up on hot days. Plants can wilt and die, carpet can buckle and mold can develop if it’s especially humid. Preventing all these problems is as simple as leaving your A/C running. Set it at the highest possible temperature to prevent damage while still being energy efficient, and everything in your house will thank you.

Prepare for cooling system issues

There’s always the possibility that something can go wrong with your system when you’re gone. Prepare for this by giving the number of your air conditioning service to whoever is looking in on your house. That way any issues can be properly dealt with without ruining all your vacation plans.

For all your home cooling needs, contact our professionals at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We can help you with preventive maintenance and energy efficiency to keep your house livable even when you’re out of town.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about preparing your house for your vacation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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