What We’ll Cover in this Blog:
- Why it’s important to keep your AC system maintained, even while you’re away for warmer months
- Nine steps to take when preparing to leave for the warm months
- Specifics to ask the HVAC technician to check when inspecting your AC system
Are you a Florida resident during the winter months, avoiding the cold weather of the rest of the country? If so, there’s no denying it – you’re a snowbird.
When the weather up north warms up and you head back that way, we know leaving your winter home empty for months can be a bit nerve-wracking. How can you make sure your home will stay safe and in good condition during the long hot summer while you’re gone?
Lucky for you, we’ve got a plan to take some of the anxiety off your plate!
Why AC Maintenance is Important, Even While You’re Gone
When you leave Florida for the summer, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioning system is in good working order and prepared for the hot days ahead.
If you came down to your Florida home in November or December, chances are your AC hasn’t had to work very hard for the last few months. However, in the summer you won’t be here to monitor your AC system activity and ensure that it’s working hard enough to protect your home and everything inside.
You may be thinking, “I won’t even be there, it doesn’t matter if my AC doesn’t work during the summer!” But that’s where many people make a big mistake.
You’re absolutely right, it’s not necessary to maintain the same indoor temperature you enjoyed during your winter stay, but it is very important to keep the system functional. If your home’s indoor temperature goes off the rails and humidity spikes, you are at serious risk for the growth of dangerous molds throughout your home.
You don’t want to come back next winter to a home packed with mold spores – whether it’s in the air or growing on your walls, windows, ceilings, or furniture.
How To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Gone for the Summer
1. Schedule an AC Tune Up Before You Leave Town
Ask the HVAC technician to pay special attention to the condensate line and to inspect the system float switches closely. Any failures in those areas can cause your system to shut down completely, or worse, it can flood your home.
2. Install a UV Light in Your Air Handler
If you don’t have a UV light installed in your AC system, we highly recommend getting one installed before you leave town. UV lights will prevent any mold from growing inside your air handler.
If you already have a UV light, ask an HVAC technician to inspect if for you. They will identify any existing issues and repair them before they become a serious problem.
3. Check the Manufacturing Date of Your UV Light Bulb
If the bulb was manufactured over two years ago, it’s time for a replacement.
4. Clean the Evaporator and Condenser Coils
Ask an HVAC technician to clean your evaporator coil and your condenser coil. This will allow the AC system to work most efficiently.
5. Change All Air Filters
Air filters need to be changed regularly to promote good AC system health. If you’re interested, ask your HVAC technician about a box filter. This type of air filter holds up better over longer periods of time.
6. Leave Your Ceiling Fans on Low
If you have ceiling fans in your home, we recommend leaving them on the low setting. This helps circulate the air in your home, which prevents the growth of mold and allows your AC system to work less.
7. Make Arrangements with a Neighbor
Ask a neighbor or friend to open and close your storm shutters as needed. If they are left closed all summer long, this sends a message to criminals that the house is empty. It’s basically an invitation to come in and steal your stuff.
8. Install a Basic Home Automation System
Our technicians install high quality home automation systems for a low price. These automation setups include wifi thermostats, cameras, water sensors, lighting controls, and remote door locking systems.
Home automation is more affordable than you may think. Plus, they provide superior home protection methods that you can utilize from anywhere.
9. Final Steps: When You’re Really Ready to Leave
I. Set your Thermostat to 79 Degrees
If you have a system with a humidistat, set the temperature to 80 degrees and humidity to 65%. This will keep your home dry and limit your exposure to mold.
II. Turn Off Your Circuit Breaker to Hot Water Heater
If you have gas turn off the gas to hot water heater. This will save you the cost of heating water that nobody will be using.
III. Turn Off the Main Water Supply
If a pipe breaks or leaks this will minimize damage
IV. Unplug TVs and Disconnect Cable
This will protect them in case of an electrical strike.
At TemperaturePro West Palm Beach, we work hard to help you protect your home even while you’re away. If you’re interested in any of the HVAC services, we’d love to help you out. Please give us a call today at (561) 223-2907.