Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Rock Hill 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 you’re leaving behind, your home. The US Air Heating and Cooling team has some helpful advice that will assist in keeping your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home look as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good idea to program your lights to coincide 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 out of town 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 awesome vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your itinerary. 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 easier 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. An effortless way to conserve energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not think 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 on vacation 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 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 safeguarding your home this season or want to review additional energy saving tips, give US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill a call at 803-980-4328 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.