After locking your door and leaving for your next adventure, the last thing you want to do is second guess whether or not you properly prepared your household for your departure. Take time before you leave to double check that all appliances are accounted for in order to give yourself some peace of mind while you’re away. Here are some tips to help get you started!
- Lower the heat – Even in the Brandon and Valrico areas’ mild winters, frozen pipes are still a possibility. To prevent frozen pipes and appliances, set the heat system thermostat to at least 55 degrees. Don’t turn off the heat completely, though. A low heating bill still costs a lot less than flood repair.
- Prepare the water heater – If you’ll be on vacation for less than a month, turn your water heater to the lowest setting or the “vacation” setting. If you’ll be gone for a longer period, it’s better to turn off the water supply and drain the plumbing completely.
- Unplug your electronics – When left plugged in, electrical devices draw power and pose a fire risk, however small. To save energy and keep your home safe while you’re on vacation, unplug the devices in your entertainment center, your computer peripherals, cell phone chargers and any other item drawing standby power.
- Consider an inspection – It’s best to schedule your annual heating system inspection for before your vacation so your system will run trouble-free while you’re away. At the very least, make sure the air filter, air registers and return air grilles are clean.
- Keep in contact – Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor, friend, or a family member in case any problems arise while you’re away.
For additional helpful tips on how to keep your heating system in shape, contact us at Gulf Coast Air Systems. We’re proud to serve homeowners in all of Tampa, FL and the surrounding areas.