Preparing Your Home Before Vacation

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Getting Ready for Vacation

Your home should be too! Careful planning can not only help protect your home and your belongings while you travel, but also provide your family with some energy savings to spend on souvenirs! It’s important to keep in mind that your home system is a long term investment. Your HVAC needs do not stop at the hvac installation! And energy efficient systems will help save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in the long run. Additionally, you will want to have routine maintenance and repairs to make sure that your systems stay in top condition. E B Williams explains the importance of preparing your home for vacation though these five simple tips to prepare your home for your absence.

Turn Off the Lights

If you decide to keep any of your lights on as a security measure, invest in an automatic timer. It can be programmed to turn on your lights during late evening and early morning hours while preventing wasted energy during the day. Having a timer can help you maintain your peace of mind while also reducing your energy expenses.

Turn Down Your Air Conditioner

While it’s important to keep the air circulating in your home while you’re gone, you can drastically cut down on energy usage by turning your thermostat up to 85 degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, simply use the “vacation” feature to maintain safe and efficient indoor temperatures while you’re gone.

Unplug Appliances and Electronics

Even when they’re turned off, anything that’s plugged into the wall can continue to consume energy. By unplugging your devices or using a smart power strip, you’ll avoid wasting standby power. Don’t forget to unplug your washer and dryer, too. Any appliance that you can do with being unplugged for the duration of your vacation should be unplugged.

Adjust Your Water Heater(s)

Turn your water heater down to “low” or to “vacation” mode. If your pool also uses a heater, consider purchasing a pool cover that will help minimize heat loss so that you can avoid the cost to reheat it.


If you’ll only be gone a few days, turn your refrigerator’s thermostat up a few degrees. If you’ll be gone more than two weeks, clean and empty the refrigerator, prop the door open, and unplug the unit.

Whether it’s a weekend road-trip or stay at the lake house, remember to follow some of these energy-saving tips to avoid unnecessary expenses while you’re away.

Call the Abington HVAC Professionals at E B Williams Today

E B Williams is equipped to handle your needs to make sure that your HVAC systems are taken care of properly. Our Abington HVAC technicians have 20 years of experience with installations, maintenance, and repairs. Whether you need help with heating or cooling systems, we are prepared to help. Check out our free HVAC estimator and call us today at 215-659-0600!


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