There’s a lot to keep track of when planning a summer vacation, even if you’ll only be gone for a few days. You have to make sure that all of your flights, hotels, cars, and excursions have been booked and confirmed, and you also have to make sure that everything at home is taken care of. However, a lot of people tend to forget about the importance of making sure everything is in order at home before they leave.
If you have a housesitter or someone staying at your home for the duration of your vacation, then your pre-vacation prep is a little bit easier.
Some of the tasks you should add to your pre-vacation checklist include:
Pause mail delivery or have someone bring your mail in for you
Set timers on lights, both indoor and outdoor
Clean out your fridge and throw away or donate anything that will expire while you’re gone
Close most of your blinds. This will keep your home cooler, but leave a few of them open so that your home still looks lived in
Unplug appliances. You should always unplug unused appliances because this will save you a lot of wasted energy and money.
These are all of the generic pre-vacation tasks you should complete, but next, we’re discussing, in depth, what you should do to take care of your plumbing and HVAC unit.
HVAC and Plumbing Checklist
Making sure that your home is secure before you leave for any amount of time is essential, but there are a lot of other tasks that will ensure your home isn’t wasting you any money while you’re gone and keeping disasters from occurring.
This list will help you to avoid any plumbing or HVAC disasters:
Turn off your home’s water and gas. This will prevent unexpected pressure surges from bursting a pipe with gas or water, which could have equally disastrous consequences for your home.
Adjust the thermostat. Since no one will be home, raise the temperature about 5 degrees. Don’t shut your HVAC unit down entirely because this will require a great deal of energy to start it up again. Adjusting the temperature will save you money while keeping your home at a reasonable warmth.
Do you have more questions about how to prepare your home for summer vacation or how to get the most out of your air conditioning unit? Contact our experts at Guaranteed Service today for more information!