5 Peace of Mind Home Tips Before Leaving for Vacation
Nobody wants to spend a holiday worried about things back home, and that’s why you should dedicate a little time before your vacation to preventative home maintenance.
These tips will guide you through a few things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your home and possessions, but they’ll also help you conserve energy and save money while you're away.
So not only will you come home to a perfect house, but you'll also have more money saved away already for your next trip!
1. Shut off the Water
The nightmare: Coming home to a flooded house.
The Solution: Turn off the water. Go to the main water valve in your house and shut off the water supply.
This will mean there's no water flowing through the pipes, and no water to leak, drip, or damage your house in case of a pipe burst. To remove all the standing water from the pipes after you shut off the valve, run all the taps and flush the toilets.
2. Turn the Thermostat Up or Down
The nightmare: Coming home to a huge energy bill.
The Solution: Reset the thermostat to 55 F in winter or 85 F in summer. This will stop the heater from constantly running while also preventing the pipes from freezing, or stop the air conditioner from kicking on all the time and wasting money keeping an empty house comfortable. Have a programmable thermostat? Set it to return the house to a normal temperature a few hours before you're scheduled to return home.
3. Power Off and Unplug Appliances
The nightmare: Fires, power surges, and large energy bills.
The Solution: Turn off and unplug everything. Any appliance, charger, electronic device, or receiver that has even the tiniest light or display panel will suck energy when it’s plugged in, even if you turn it off. Unplug it all, including the refrigerator—just make sure it’s empty first and leave the doors ajar. Furthermore, unplugged electronics aren't at risk of damage from power surges, and aren't fire hazards.
4. Turn Down the Water Heater
The nightmare: Wasted energy and money.
The Solution: Turn your water heater to VAC for vacation mode, or if you don’t have that, turn it to the lowest setting or temperature. If it’s summertime and there’s no risk of a deep freeze, you can even shut off the circuit breaker controlling the water heater to turn it off completely.
5. Put the Lights on a Timer
The nightmare: Burglary or break-in.
The Solution: Automate the lights so they turn on and off at natural times for your household. This generally means no lights on in the middle of the day or night, and lights that come on and off in the evenings and nights the way they would if you were home.
You work hard so that you can enjoy holidays, vacations, and getaways with your friends and family, and there's no reason the security of your home should ruin those special times. And with the right steps to prepare your home, you can have peace of mind during your entire holiday.
To discuss seasonal or preventative plumbing maintenance and repairs for your house, or for more pre-vacation home maintenance tips, call 623-499-9794 today to speak with the experienced professionals at Christian Brothers Plumbing servicing the Glendale, AZ area.