Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Carlsbad and that means vacation plans are in your near future. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services team has some helpful advice that will work to keep your home safe and help save some money on your utility bills while you go on a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are an economical way to make your home seem as though you’re still home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to coincide with your typical schedule. Enlist the help of a house-sitter - If you have a reliable 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 you’re on vacation 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 amazing sabbatical on social media, but try to wait until after you are back to post anything about your trip. Family and friends probably already know you’re leaving so no sense letting potential criminals know your itinerary. Everyone will be just as excited about the fantastic 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 item is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An effortless way to save some energy while you’re on vacation is to unplug a few 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 on vacation there’s no need 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 painless 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 review additional energy saving tips, give Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad a call at 575-887-7777 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.