Are you excited to jump in the car or hop onto a plane and get away from home on a spring vacation? Well, before you leave, it’s important to prepare your home for the trip to avoid any problems while you’re gone.
Unplug the Thermostat
Since you’re going to be away from your home, there’s no reason to waste energy and money by running your heating or cooling system. The easiest fix is to unplug or switch off the thermostat completely.
Set a Light on a Timer
There’s also no reason to leave a bunch of lights on while you’re away on your spring vacation. However, you want to give the appearance of being at home to dissuade would-be criminals from taking advantage. We suggest that you either leave a single light on or set a light or two on a timer to keep energy costs under control.
Avoid Burst Pipes
Even when everything seems to be perfectly fine, a burst pipe is a possibility. You definitely don’t want this to happen while you’re away from home, because you’ll come back to flooding. You an prevent this by turning off all the water valves. Voila!
Have a Neighbor Watch Your Home
To be safe, enlist the help of a neighbor who can watch your home and handle any problems that might arise. If you want passersby to think you’re still at home, get the neighbor to park in your driveway while you’re gone. Give your neighbor a key just in case of an emergency. Just make sure he or she will respect your boundaries.
Avoid Any Deliveries
If you’re concerned with would-be burglars realizing that you’re not at home, the last thing you want to do is have mail or anything else stack up. Cancel any upcoming deliveries, and have items like mail and newspapers held until you return.
For more expert advice on prepping your home before you leave on a spring vacation, please reach out to the friendly professionals at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Indianapolis for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).