Leaving on a Spring Vacation? Ensure Your Home Is Prepared
Springtime in San Antonio can be a mixed bag — record heat one day, and a cold front the next. That can make it a little dicey when you’re trying to figure out how best to secure your home during a spring vacation. Here’s some advice that can help.
Don’t Advertise That You’re Gone
You’ve likely heard it all before: as near as possible, you want it to look as if your home is occupied. Here are some ways to do that:
- Have someone stop by every day to bring in mail, flyers on the door or newspapers.
- Have your friend or neighbor open the blinds or drapes slightly during the day, then close them at night.
- Put a couple of lights on timers, set to go on and off, or use a smartphone app for the same purpose. You might have the TV come on as well.
- Install motion sensor lights outdoors.
- Get a webcam and monitor your home via smartphone.
- Avoid mentioning your travel plans on social media. Thieves are looking.
Prep Your Home
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Ask someone to water plants or use self-watering plant stakes.
- Turn off and drain the water heater.
- Turn off the water valves to the toilet and plumbed appliances.
Your HVAC System
If you don’t have a smart thermostat to control temperatures from afar, you’ll have to decide whether to leave the furnace or air conditioner on, or ask a friend or neighbor to monitor the weather and make adjustments as needed. It’s unlikely we’ll have more freezing weather this spring, but just in case, you may want to leave the heating on to avoid frozen pipes and damage to the home.
However, if you have pets, you may need to leave the air conditioner on so they will be comfortable. If you’re going to run the A/C, have the friend periodically check the floor around it for signs of an overflowing condensate drain. Better yet, schedule spring air conditioner maintenance before you depart.
To learn more about preparing your home for spring vacation, contact Beyer Boys of San Antonio.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).