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Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

Spring is in the air here in Florissant and that means vacation plans are in your near future. 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 B & B Heating & Cooling team has some recommendations that will help keep your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive 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 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 relief than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine.
  • Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your amazing trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you are back to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in 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 effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will save you 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 painless 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 talk about additional energy saving tips, give B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant a call at 314-838-9800 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.