Can you believe it’s already November? That means holidays Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are coming fast! Many people will be traveling for the holidays and if you’re among them, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how to prepare your home for your absence.
While you are away for the holidays, there are several things you can do to make sure your house is safe from disaster and crime. These tips will save you some money, too! So, without further ado, here are the top tips from Aiello Home Services professionals!
Make sure all of your non-essential appliances are unplugged. Home appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, blenders, TVs, gaming consoles, and computers should all be turned off and unplugged while you’re away for the holidays. Not only will unplugging save you money in electric bills, but it also lowers the risk of an electrical fire or surge causing major damage and costly repairs.
Next, you should set your home temperature to between 50 and 60 degrees. This will allow your home to stay warm enough to keep things from freezing (especially your plumbing) and also save you money on your heating bill. Since you could be gone for a few days, temperatures can really fluctuate and keeping your thermostat set around 55 or 60 will prevent issues if the weather drops below freezing. You will save a lot of energy by turning down the temperature so your heat isn’t constantly running while you’re gone and don’t need it.
Third, make sure to keep a couple of lamps lit in your house so it looks occupied. This will deter potential burglars from breaking into your home. However, if you’re planning on taking a longer trip (more than 3-4 days) you should avoid leaving lights on as it can be a fire hazard. Instead, consider investing in a smart home system so that you can either program lights to turn on and go off at specific times, or control them from your phone.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to set your water heater to “auto” so that you’re not wasting energy and money heating water you never intend to use. You should also turn off your water at the main valve and drain any remaining water so that it doesn’t sit in your pipes and freeze or cause corrosion.
Finally, ask a friend or neighbor you can count on to keep an eye on your house while you’re gone. They will be able to provide you peace of mind and give you updates if they see any suspicious activity.
If you’re looking for extra peace of mind and want to make sure your HVAC and plumbing is in top condition before you head out of town, give Aiello Home Services a call. Our professional technicians are ready to help you make sure your home is ready for when you’re having fun on vacation! Call us now or click the banner below to schedule your service today!