Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Chicago 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 stays behind, your home. The iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning team has some recommendations that will help keep 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 good idea to program your lights to sync up 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 you’re on vacation 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 amazing vacation on social media, but try to wait until after you return to post anything about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your intentions. Everyone will be just as delighted by the wonderful 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 easy way to save some energy while you’re out of town is to unplug some 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 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 usual level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some painless tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about securing your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago a call at 773-704-0640 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.