Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Pacheco and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Clean Air HVAC team has some recommendations that will work to keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home seem as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to correspond with your usual schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a dependable 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 relief than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your awesome trip on social media, but try to wait until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as excited about the fantastic things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it easier than 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 save some energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not think of unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve energy and it will also be another safeguard for your home. Adjust the thermostat - If you’re on vacation there’s no reason 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 simple tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.