Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Upland and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re planning what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what stays behind, your home. The Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning team has some tips that will assist in keeping your home protected 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 appear as though someone is home by turning off and on the lights as if you never left. It’s a smart idea to program your lights to sync up with your usual 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 peace of mind 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 trip on social media, but try to hold off 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 plans. Everyone will be just as enchanted by the wonderful 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 cut back on energy while you’re away is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may overlook unplugging is your garage door. It will cut back on 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 easy tips to add to your spring break prep list, right after finding the perfect bathing suit. If you have any questions about protecting your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning in Upland a call at 909-982-5698 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.