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Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

Spring is in the air here in Wheeling and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Local HVAC Repair & Service team has some recommendations that will assist in keeping your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home appear as though you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule.
  • Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable friend or family member, ask them if they’d mind stopping by and [[checking in on|check up on|look over]18 the house while you’re away. There’s no greater peace of mind than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine.
  • Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by the wonderful things you saw after you safely return home.
  • Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it as simple as ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now.
  • Unplugged - If an electrical appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will cut back on energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home.
  • Adjust the thermostat - If you’re out of town there’s no need to keep your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home.

These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling a call at 224-300-4806.

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