Summer in Indy is here at last, and you’re probably ready for that tropical summer getaway you’ve had planned all year – but is your house ready for you to be gone for a week? Before you leave for your summer vacation, it’s essential to ensure your house is prepared for your absence. Here are some tips from the Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Pros on properly preparing your home for summer vacation.
Summertime in Indy means severe weather is possible any time without warning. Power surges can cause damage to electronics and even electrical fires that could go unnoticed until it’s too late. To save your electronics from power surges and outages, unplug the unnecessary ones like TVs, computers, and small appliances.
Turn Off the Water Supply
The last thing you want to come home to is water damage from a plumbing issue. Even a small leak left unattended could lead to costly damage and an even higher water bill. Turning off the main water supply to the home ensures that you will come home to a dry house. But if you do happen to come home to a plumbing problem, Service Plus is here to help.
Clean Up Around the House
Being away from home for a week may not seem like a long time, but you could come home to some unwanted odors and pests without proper cleaning. Throw away any food in your pantry and fridge that could expire while you are gone. Ensure there aren’t any open containers left out and wipe down the kitchen to get rid of food residue that could attract pests. Also, don’t forget to take out the trash.
Turn Up Your Thermostat
You don’t want to waste energy or put a strain on your air conditioner while you’re gone, so set your thermostat, so your home stays at a steady temperature. Set your thermostat higher than usual, around 80 degrees, to minimize the inside and outside temperature difference for better efficiency. Turning off the AC ultimately may seem like a more cost-effective option, but it is not suitable for your home and your belongings, which could be damaged by excessive heat and humidity. It might be worth investing in a programmable thermostat or one that can be controlled remotely from your smartphone if you don’t have one already.
Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up
Lack of maintenance is the number one reason why cooling and heating systems fail, and the worst time for it to happen is when you’re out of town. Schedule a system tune-up with our certified technicians to avoid coming home to a broken-down AC system. Join our Service Plus Club Annual Maintenance Program and enjoy the benefits of regular annual maintenance and peace of mind all season long.
Don’t let your vacation be ruined by a broken-down air conditioner or plumbing problem. Make sure to prepare your home for summer vacation so you can relax and unwind. For help with prepping your home for summer, schedule your service call online or give us a call at (317) 434-2627