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Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation

Spring is in the air here in Odessa 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning team has some tips that will assist in keeping your home protected and help save some money on your utility bills while you revel in a well-deserved vacation.

  • Install Timers - Timers are an inexpensive way to make your home seem as though you are home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a good 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 out of town letting you know that everything at home is just fine.
  • 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 are back to post information about your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no reason letting potential criminals know your plans. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the amazing 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 item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. A simple way to save some energy while you’re away 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 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 protecting your home this season or want to talk about additional energy saving tips, give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa a call at 432-237-0168.

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