With all the planning that it takes for a spring vacation, one thing that many people forget is also one of the most important — the home they’re leaving behind. So, if you’re getting ready for a trip, don’t take off until you have these bases covered:
Turn Off Your Thermostat
Running your heating or cooling system while you’re out of town will be nothing but a waste of energy and money. The easiest way to handle this is to turn off your thermostat while you’re gone.
Leave a Light On
By leaving at least one light on while you’re on your spring vacation, you can keep potential criminals from realizing that your home is an easy target. If you’re going to be away for a while, put the lights on a timer.
Shut Down the Water Heater
Like all of your appliances, the water heater won’t be doing anything while you’re gone. If you don’t turn it off, however, the water will continue to remain heated, which will use energy for no good reason.
Monitor Your Home Through a Smartphone
Even with all the precautions in the world, nothing quite beats being at home to make sure everything is running smoothly. Luckily, the next best thing can be found on your smartphone in the form of an app, where you can monitor your home through a webcam.
Stop Your Mail, Newspapers, Etc.
You don’t want passersby to know that you’re away from home, because you never know when a “bad guy” might be among them. To avoid mail and whatnot stacking up, put holds on everything.
Ask a Neighbor for Help
Find a trusted neighbor who will watch your house for you while you’re out of town. Give this person a key in case of an emergency. And if he or she can park in your driveway, people who drive by will think you’re home.
For more advice on how to prep your home for a spring vacation, reach out to the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse County for more than 35 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 spring vacation maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.