Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in the Main Line 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning team has some helpful advice that will help keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical 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 comfort than a text while you’re away letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your amazing trip on social media, but try to hold off until after you make it home to post photos of your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your intentions. 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 more effortless 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 save some energy while you’re away is to unplug a few 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 not going to be home 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 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line a call at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.