Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Denver and that means vacation plans are on the horizon. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. team has some recommendations that will assist in keeping your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost 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 smart idea to program your lights to sync up with your regular 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 peace of mind 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 tell you not to share photos of your amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as excited about the wonderful 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 device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to save some energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of 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 sense keeping your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy 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 review additional energy saving tips, give Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver a call at 303-452-4146 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.