Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go! Whether you’re leaving for a weekend trip or an extended period of time, there are important things to consider to secure the safety of your property while you’re away.
Get a Home Security System
Your first line of defense against burglary or home disaster is a security system. Obviously, the alarm company will notify you when there is a breach in the system, but you’ll want to be sure to choose a security system with environmental sensors as well. Modern security systems can detect when someone enters the property, flood sensors can detect the moisture in the air, and the system can even sync with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your home safe and sound.
Leave a Key with Family or Close Friend
By having a family member or close friend stop by and check your home, you can ensure that regular house checkups are made. While there, ask them to bring your mail in for you. Having a full mailbox may alert others of the vacant property. Also, make sure to remove all spare keys from under the rug or planter to discourage any surprise visitors.
Adjust the Thermostat
To avoid having your air conditioner and heater run unnecessarily in a vacant home, program it to a desired setting before leaving. If you are planning to get away in the winter months, it is recommended that you set your thermostat to 50 degrees fahrenheit. Setting it any lower will run the risk of frozen pipes.
Turn Off and Unplug Certain Appliances
Depending on the length of trip, you may want to consider turning off your main water supply. While this won’t save you money in the long run, it could prove to be extremely safe in avoiding potential leaks. Make sure that all lights are turned off and unplug electronics, such as TVs and laptops, to save energy costs. It’s also a good idea to unplug small appliances such as toasters, blenders, and coffee machines. In addition to this, your water heater uses excessive amounts of energy so if it’s gas, switch it to “pilot”. If it’s electric, turn off the breaker switch.
If you have additional questions about the electrical components of your home before leaving on vacation, give us a call at (701)-232-1991 or send us a message online.