Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Lexington 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc team has some helpful advice that will assist in keeping your home safe 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 seem as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a wise idea to program your lights to correspond with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a trusted 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 away letting you know that everything at home is as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as delighted by the amazing 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. A simple 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 out of town there’s no need 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 checklist, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about safeguarding your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington a call at 336-853-6070 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.