Planning a spring vacation for you and your family can be an exciting, invigorating endeavor. But in addition to all the plans you’ve been making for the trip, it’s important that you create a strategy at home, as well, so that it’s in the same condition as you left it.
Here are some quick suggestions to make sure that happens:
Don’t Use the Thermostat
Unless you have plants or something else to worry about, cooling or heating your home while you’re on a spring vacation probably isn’t needed. Because of that, you have the choice of either turning off the thermostat or programming it to only come on intermittently.
Turn Off the Water
Even though there’s very little chance that a pipe will burst while you’re gone, why take the chance? You can avoid the possibility by simply turning off the water valves leading to your home’s sinks, toilets, washing machine, and dishwasher.
Set Your Lights on a Timer
You definitely don’t want would-be criminals to know that you’re leaving on vacation for a while. If your lights are always off, people are going to figure it out. Instead of leaving a light or two on for the entire time you’re away, put them on a timer.
Turn Off the Water Heater
Heating the water while you’re gone is pretty much a waste of energy and money since you’ll be enjoying the hot water of whichever hotels you’re staying at. Turning off the water heater will solve this little problem.
Use a Smartphone App for Security
To keep an eye on what’s going on in your household when you’re gone, pick up a smartphone app that you can use in conjunction with a webcam (or series of webcams). This will give you peace of mind more than anything else will.
For more expert advice on the best ways to prepare your home before you leave on your spring vacation, or any other home comfort concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at CCAC. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.