Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Phoenix 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 stays behind, your home. The Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc team has some recommendations that will help keep 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 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 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 relief 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 say not to share photos of your fabulous sabbatical on social media, but try to put it off until after you are back to post anything 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 delighted by the fantastic things you saw after you safely return home. Hold the Mail - The USPS has made it as simple as 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 away is to unplug a couple of your electronics. Something that you may not think 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 not going to be home there’s no reason to keep your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some simple tips to add to your spring break prep checklist, 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Phoenix a call at 602-997-5701 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.