When you go on vacation, it’s easy to forget to prepare your home so things run smoothly while you’re gone. Because you don’t need one more list of things to do, we compiled these useful reminders to help you stay on top of it all so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your vacation.
Set Your Thermostat
Whatever time of year you’re planning to leave town, remember to check your thermostat to be sure that it is set appropriately for the season. You don’t need to keep your home cool during the summer if you’re not going to be there (although you’ll want to keep it comfortable for your pets). The converse is true for winter – you can definitely set the temperature much lower while you’re away. The best part is that no matter what time of year it is, you’ll save money while you’re gone.
Unplug Small Appliances
No one will be waiting for that early morning cup of coffee while you’re out of town, so don’t leave it plugged in. If you have several small appliances plugged into a power strip, turn them off at the source. Power strips continue to draw current as long as they are turned on, so unplugging them is a quick way to take care of several small appliances at once.
Turn Off Water Valves
One thing you never want to come home to is any sort of leak. Water damage can be costly, and it is almost always preventable. When you leave town, take the simple precaution of turning off the water for your dishwasher and washing machine at the source. Also, check twice to be sure you didn’t leave any of the taps running in your kitchen or bathrooms.
Put Your Water Heater in Vacation Mode
Want to save some money while conserving energy? Take a moment to set your hot water heater in vacation mode while you’re out of town. You’ll need to remember to return it to your normal settings when you get home to avoid taking an unexpected cold shower, of course.
When you need help with the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, or plumbing in your North Carolina home, contact Newcomb and Company. We’re proud to serve our community from the Triangle to the coast. Call us today to make an appointment with one of our certified service representatives.