Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Humble and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Arrings A/C & Heating team has some recommendations 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 economical way to make your home appear as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to sync up with your usual 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 relief than a text while you’re you’re on vacation letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. 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 are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your itinerary. 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 easier than ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to save some energy while you’re away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of 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 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 painless tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about securing your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Arrings A/C & Heating in Humble a call at 281-713-8304 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.