Taking a spring vacation sure can be exciting, but if you want everything to run smoothly while you’re gone, there’s certain things you need to do. To help you out, here are some quick tips that will help you prepare your home for when you’re gone:
Adjust the Thermostat
You definitely don’t want your heating system to run while no one is in the house, so either adjust the thermostat or shut it down altogether. This will help you save energy while you’re having fun on your vacation.
Turn Off Water Valves
Although it’s not likely to happen, coming back to a flooded home due to a busted pipe is definitely not something anyone wants. You can avoid this very easily by turning off all the water valves in your home.
Leave a Light On
You don’t want it to be obvious that you’re not home, and leaving a light on inside is a great way to fool would-be burglars. For a longer vacation, put a light or two on a timer to help keep your energy bills under control.
Ask a Neighbor to Use Your Driveway
Those pesky would-be criminals are always on the lookout for empty homes. The lack of any vehicles in the driveway can lead them to take a closer view. Avoid this by asking a neighbor to park his or her automobile in your driveway.
Stop Your Mail
Upon request, the United States Postal Service will hold your mail while you’re gone, and you can easily pick it up once you return. This will keep people from knowing you’re gone.
Unplug Small Electronics
You never know when a power surge might occur. Since you won’t be home to take care of any potential dangers, it’s a great idea to unplug small appliances and electronics that might be in danger.
If you would like to more expert advice on how to make sure your home is prepared before leaving on a spring vacation, please contact the friendly professionals at Air Assurance. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Broken Arrow and the surrounding area since 1985.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.