Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Colfax and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re sorting through what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning team has some tips that will assist in keeping your home secure 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 look as though someone is 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re out of town letting you know that everything at home is perfect. Wait to share - We aren’t going to tell you not to share photos of your awesome vacation on social media, but try to hold off until after you return to post information about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as excited about 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 item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An effortless way to cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may overlook 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 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 easy 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax a call at 509-397-3622 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.