Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Crestview 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 is left behind, your home. The Gordon Air Conditioning team has some helpful advice 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 an inexpensive way to make your home appear as though someone is 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 as it should be. Wait to share - We aren’t going to ask you not to share photos of your awesome trip 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 reason letting potential criminals know your intentions. 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 as simple as ever to put a hold on your mail you can do it online right now. Unplugged - If an electrical device is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to save some energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug some of your electronics. Something that you may not have thought of unplugging is your garage door. It will conserve 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 comfort level so you arrive back to a safe, cozy home. These are some easy tips to add to your spring break prep agenda, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview a call at 850-682-5509 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.