If you’re traveling for the holiday, the thought of leaving your house empty and unguarded has probably crossed your mind. At Timothy Off, we understand it can get a little worrisome. That’s why our HVAC & plumbing experts are here with some tips on how to keep your home safe while you’re away:
Put Your Lights on a Timer
When the lights are on in your house, it gives the illusion that someone is home. While you won’t be there to turn them on, you can set them on a timer so that they turn on each night for a few hours. With today’s technology, you can even control some lighting set-ups with an app.
Invest in a Security System
Perhaps the easiest way to keep your home safe is to invest in a home security system. There are many different options available on the market, which means you have plenty to choose from and once you set it, you can rest easy knowing your home is protected from intruders.
Unplug Your Appliances
When they’re plugged in, many appliances and electronics still draw power even even if they’re off. This means you’ll be paying for electricity while you’re away even when you’re not using it, so do yourself a favor and unplug the things you don’t use (such as your computer, television, coffee pot, and more).
Protect Your Pipes
It’s cold up here in the northeast, which means if you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, you may run the risk of your pipes freezing. If this happens and they burst, you could see significant water damage inside your home. To prevent this, open the valves to your faucets so that there’s a very slow drip. In addition, adjust your thermostat so your home doesn’t get cold enough to freeze your pipes.
This may seem obvious, but don’t forget to lock up all of the entryways to your home before you leave. This includes windows and doors in your basement, kitchen, hallway, attic, and any other area of your home.
Many people love sharing their plans via social media, but this can alert others to your whereabouts and if the wrong person notices you’re away from your home, they may try to take advantage of it. Instead, try to keep quiet about where you are or where you’re going.
Move Your Spare Keys
It’s a fairly usual habit for homeowners to leave spare keys around their property in case of an emergency. If you’re among the many, be sure to move your hidden keys before you leave and stash them somewhere safe. This way, no one can find them and stroll into your home.