Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Ballwin and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning team has some helpful advice 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 a low cost 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 good idea to program your lights to coincide with your regular 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your intentions. 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 more effortless 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 cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some 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 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 ideal 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 protecting your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning in Ballwin a call at 636-206-4250 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.