Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in West Palm Beach and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Summit Air Conditioning Inc team has some helpful advice 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 inexpensive 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 smart idea to program your lights to coincide with your usual schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable 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 say not to share photos of your amazing vacation on social media, but try to put it off until after you return to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as delighted by the wonderful 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 effortless way to save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought 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 not going to be home there’s no sense keeping 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 painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, 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 Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach a call at 561-582-3390 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.