Jul 12 2016

summer vacationNow that summer is here, it’s time to take a vacation, but it is important to keep your Sarasota, Florida, home safe while you’re away. Make sure that you continue to save energy at home during your vacation. It is also important to safeguard your home from concerns such as poor indoor air quality and break-ins. Taking the time to prep your home before you leave for vacation can protect you from loss and unnecessary expenditure.

Whole-Home Automation

If you’ve thought about investing in home automation, now might be the best time to do it. With whole-home automation, you can control many of your appliances and control a security system from your internet-enabled device. You will also be able to adjust your thermostat even when you’re away from home and view the security of your property through a camera connected to your phone. You have total control over your house while you’re away so that you can save energy and monitor security.

Program Your Thermostat

If whole-home automation isn’t realistic or in your budget, at least program your thermostat to energy-efficient settings while you’re away. You can even set your programmable thermostat to adjust to a comfortable temperature by the time you return. Be careful not to set your thermostat too warm during the summer. Even though you aren’t there, if your house gets too hot, you could encourage mold growth and other indoor air quality issues.

Don’t Be a Target

Don’t make it obvious that you are away from home. There are subtle and not so subtle indicators offenders look for when they’re scouting homes. Put your mail on hold so your mailbox doesn’t get stuffed with mail. This is a dead giveaway that residents are away. Don’t leave a note on your answering machine or even on emails that you’re on vacation. Set lights on a timer, so it looks like there’s action in your home, to prevent thieves from targeting your home while you’re out.

If you’re interested in upgrading your thermostat, or would like other affordable tips, we’re the people to call. Contact All American Heating & Cooling at 941-479-6060 to schedule an appointment today.

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