Before you head out of town during this season of giving, be sure you’re not giving anything to would-be thieves. Petty crime and burglaries in particular escalate this time of year, and combined with other concerns, such as damage from storms or equipment malfunction, it’s vital that you safeguard your home before you leave. Here are some great tips for keeping your home safe while you’re traveling to ease your mind and allow you to have a carefree getaway.
Ask a trusted neighbor or relative to keep an eye on your home while you’re gone and collect your mail. If they’re willing to park one of their vehicles in your driveway, it’s a great way to give the illusion that someone is home.
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
Schedule annual preventive maintenance to ensure your HVAC equipment is cleaned, tuned and operational. In addition to the increased efficiency you’ll experience, you’ll reduce the chance of a system failure while you’re gone.
A power surge can do irreparable damage to computers, televisions and other devices. Plug these items in to a surge protecting power bar and turn the bar off before you leave.
Timing Is Everything
Invest in a few light timers and place them throughout your home. Set the timers to turn off and on at varying times, implying occupancy.
Mum’s the Word
Resist the urge to inform friends and family on social media of your holiday plans, and wait until you get home to post vacation photos.
Adjust the Thermostat
Switch over to the “hold” or “vacation” setting on your programmable thermostat, and program it to 50 degrees for the duration of your absence. This will prevent pipes from freezing in the event that temperatures should drop, and the occasional air movement will help control humidity and prevent mold and mildew.
For more expert advice on keeping your home safe while you’re traveling, give us a call at Climatic Conditioning Co., Inc. For over 40 years, we’ve been providing quality service to homeowners in Sarasota and the surrounding areas.
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