When you’re getting ready to leave for a vacation, taking some time to ensure your home safety and security before you leave assures you that you’ve taken care of everything you can. Although it’s not likely, problems can occur in your absence that could be hard to address from a distance.
- Leaving your cooling system on during your absence helps discourage break-ins because it creates noise in the yard. To be sure that your system runs as efficiently as possible, check the air filter for the blower and replace or clean it if it’s dirty. A dirty filter stresses all the components inside your system and raises energy bills.
- Have your cooling system serviced by an HVAC professional before leaving. The technician could find issues that could amount to larger problems while you’re away. He or she will make adjustments, clean the components and verify the refrigerant level.
- If you’re leaving plants or pets at home, set the thermostat to a temperature that keeps them comfortable.
- Turn down the water heater or off altogether if you’ll be away for an extended period.
- Turn off the circuit breakers to the appliances that you don’t need running while you’re away to reduce the risk of electrical problems and any home electronics. Summer storms can cause power surges and lightning strikes can damage anything that uses power.
- When you can’t turn the water valve off for your entire home, turn it off at the washer, dishwasher and any sinks and toilets the house sitter or service won’t need.
- Unplug the automatic garage door opener to enhance home safety and security. If you have a willing neighbor, ask them to park a vehicle in your driveway, as well.
- Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries before you leave.
- Put several lights and a radio on a timer to create the illusion that your home is occupied.
If you’d like to learn more about home safety and security and your cooling system, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve provided HVAC services for Grand Traverse and the surrounding counties for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home safety and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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