Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Buckhorn Heating And Air. Last time, we talked about several ways you can prepare your home before you go on vacation. And whether you’re leaving for just a few days or a whole month, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe and secure while you’re gone. Keep reading to learn more.

Be Energy Conscious

If you’re going to be spending a lot of money on your vacation, chances are, you don’t want to return to a home with a steep energy bill waiting for you. It’s never a good idea to leave a bunch of lights on in your home but you will want to at least have a few lights on in your home to make it look like there’s someone there. It may be a good idea to consider buying some timed lights that you can set to turn on only at a certain time at night.

But it’s not just lights that can drain energy while you’re gone. HVAC systems, TVs, and any other electronic or kitchen, bathroom, or electronic project will lead to steep energy bills if they’re left on while you’re gone. Do a quick walkthrough of your home to make sure everything is turned off and ready to go.

You should make sure you shut off the water in your home at the main shut-off valve. When you’re home, you can call a plumber in case of a leak, however, when you’re on vacation, a small leak could lead to some serious damage in your home.

Clean Up

Taking care to clean up before you go can save you a lot of trouble when you return from your vacation. The first thing you should do is take out the trash. Otherwise, you might have a few unwelcome guests waiting for you when you return home.

Check Your HVAC

Your HVAC system has one purpose: to keep you comfortable in your home. If you’re not home then there is no point in having your HVAC system running and it will only be wasting energy and boosting your energy bills. But just because your system is off doesn’t mean it’s saving you as much money as possible. Contact Buckhorn Heating And Air today and we will inspect your system to see if there are any potential problems or install a programmable thermostat that makes energy conservation much easier.