Who’s ready for summer?!? I know I am! According to research done in July 2021, 98% of Americans plan on traveling this summer. After the past two years, we could all use a slight change of scenery! Wherever you plan to go this summer, it is wise to make a checklist in preparation for a stress-free vacation. Middletown Heating & Cooling has a few suggestions for your list to ensure your home is well-maintained while you’re away!

What are the Benefits of Raising the Thermostat Temperature While Away? 

Much like yourself, your HVAC system could use a break. What better time than while you are away? Your best bet is to turn up your thermostat four degrees higher than your default settings. By doing so, you will maximize your savings without overworking your system upon your return. Keep in mind if you change the temperature too much, you may cancel out your savings on your electric bill by the extra work your system has to put in to get your home comfortable again. However, if you have a programmable thermostat, this can give you better control over your system while you are away, not to mention, a programmable thermostat can alert you and your service provider if something is amiss, which will help give you overall peace of mind.

What Are the Benefits of Utilizing Surge Protectors?

I love Ohio’s summer thunderstorms, but they need to be factored into your vacation plans. You may be enjoying dryer weather while away, but thunderstorms are prevalent in Ohio during the spring and summer months. You can’t have thunder without lightning, which can put your HVAC system at risk. Surge protectors prevent possible damage by redirecting high voltage surges into the ground and away from your HVAC system, safeguarding it when lightning strikes! Another reason power surges are prevalent in the summer is the higher energy demand your household cooling devices require. These devices, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, put your home’s electrical system to some serious work.

Why Should You Change Your Air Filters Before Summer Vacation?

When traveling, you may expose yourself to various allergens that can activate your sinuses. Ensuring that your home has a clean air filter can help prevent prolonged allergy symptoms. Let’s get real, nobody is eager to unpack and get right back to the swing of things upon first returning home. Staying motivated is going to feel even more daunting if allergies are keeping you down. Additionally, the summer heat will require your AC to operate longer, thus this will leads to a greater amount of air circulation through your system. As a result, more airborne pollutants will catch in the filter. Therefore, you should be replacing your filter more frequently in the summer. Remember maintaining a clean filter will help to ensure proper air filtration; so you can enjoy coming home to more pristine indoor air quality.

Vacations are great for your mental and physical health. Studies have proven that people who take vacations have lower stress, higher motivation, and an overall better outlook on life. Our team at Middletown Heating & Cooling wants you to enjoy your much-needed vacation without any unnecessary added stress to you, your pockets, or your HVAC system! Call us today at (513) 268-3789, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!