Going on Vacation? Here’s What You Need to Know
Summertime means fun in the sun, time with family, and vacations! We want to make sure your time away is relaxing and full of great memories. Vacations should be a getaway from everyday worries, like high utility bills.
Check out this list of tips for homeowners to help save money and keep your home safe while away on vacation:
Sometimes having nosy neighbors is a good thing! Ask one of your neighbors to keep a watchful eye while you are away. Before you leave, give them a schedule of any expected visitors, make sure they have a house key, ask them to pick up your mail/newspaper, and provide them with current emergency contact information if they are pet-sitting. This will ensure that your home is just the way you left it when it’s time to return.
Don’t forget to add unplugging electronics and appliances to your checklist before you leave. Appliances that are plugged in, especially those with clocks, continue to use energy even when they are not turned on. Unplugging benefits the environment and saves you money!
If you plan to be away from home for several weeks, you may want to consider turning off your main water valve. Not only will you be drought-friendly by conserving water, you will avoid coming home to an unexpected flood.
Most appliances, especially water heaters, are equipped with a “vacation setting.” Since no one will be showering at your house while you are away, you can give your appliances a break, save some money, and buy yourself a fun souvenir instead.
Turn Up the Temp
One of the steps that most homeowners forget to take before setting out for a trip is turning the thermostat to a higher temperature than usual. We don’t mean anything crazy, it should still be safe for pets and plants. If you are concerned, you may want to install a programmable thermostat. It can be set for varying temperatures throughout the day. Many models even have apps that connect to your smart phone, meaning you could adjust the temperature while you are away in case of any inclement weather.
We recommend scheduling an appointment with a technician during every season change, but it may be a good idea to schedule one before leaving on an extended trip in order to avoid repairs later.
By following this checklist prior to your departure, you can ensure that your time away will be fun-filled and budget-friendly. At ALPS HVAC, we want to make sure you have peace of mind while you are on vacation.
If you would like to schedule a pre-vacation maintenance check, give us a call today!