Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Mobile 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 is left behind, your home. The Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc team has some tips that will work to keep your home secure 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 appear 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 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 comfort than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to say not to share photos of your awesome sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends presumably already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the fantastic things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it as simple as ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to conserve 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 cut back on 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, 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 Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile a call at 251-471-2674 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.