When you prep your home before leaving on a trip, you can rest easy that you’ve taken steps to keep it safe and sound. These tips will cut energy consumption while you’re away, and may protect it from any unforeseen problems.
- Turn up the thermostat so that your cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard. If yours is programmable, set the temperature to 85 degrees F and put it on hold. If it’s manual, set it at the same temperature. Consult your vet to learn the maximum temperatures your pets can tolerate if you are leaving them behind.It’s important that the cooling system runs occasionally to remove excessive humidity and circulate the air. It also prevents excessive heat buildup that can tax your cooling system when you do return.
- Arrange for someone to take care of your yard. It will deter burglars from discovering your home isn’t occupied. If you’re going to be away any length of time, ask someone to mow the lawn.
- Unplug the power strips for electronics. In the event of a lightening strike, you’ll have less of a likelihood of having it damage your equipment or drawing power continuously while you’re away. Surge protectors are another good way to prep your home, especially for your HVAC system and major appliances.
- Depending on the length of time you’ll be gone, turn off the water heater to save energy.
- Put a few lights on timers to mimic how you occupy your home at night. Light sensors can turn on and off your outdoor security lights, as well.
- If you or the person checking your home won’t need water indoors, turn off the indoor water valve to safeguard your home from plumbing problems. Show the house sitter where the shut off valve is in the event of a plumbing emergency.
The pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing can help you prep your home by servicing your HVAC system and checking your plumbing before you go. We’ve provided HVAC services for Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas 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 vacation preparations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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