Prepping Your Home for Spring Break Vacation03/16/2015 Spring is in the air here in Shelby Township and that means vacation plans are around the corner. While you’re figuring out what you need to pack and take with you, don’t forget what you’re leaving behind, your home. The Mr. Air Repair team has some tips that will work to keep your home secure and help save some money on your utility bills while you enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Install Timers - Timers are a low cost 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 wise 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 peace of mind than a text while you’re away 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 photos of your trip. Family and friends most likely already know you’re leaving so there’s no need in letting potential criminals know your intentions. 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 appliance is plugged in, even if it’s not on, it’s using energy. An easy way to cut back on energy while you’re out of town is to unplug a few of your electronics. Something that you may not think 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 out of town there’s no sense keeping your home heated and cooled to your comfort level. If you have a digital thermostat you can set the thermostat back to your ideal 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 safeguarding your home this season or want to discuss additional energy saving tips, give Mr. Air Repair in Shelby Township a call at 586-262-4258 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.