7. 21. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
Summertime means warm weather and longer days with kids and family around the picnic blanket, deck, or the pool. The summer season also is a popular time for families to take vacations and enjoy being together. If you have a vacation scheduled, you’re probably doing research for the trip itself, including where to stay and if you should rent a car or not. But, don’t forget about your house while you’re on vacation. There are several things that you should do to prepare for your absence. Here’s how to get your home ready for vacation.
#1: Don’t talk about it on social media.
It’s tempting to post all your pictures of your fun vacation online for your friends to see, but it can also put a clear signal out that your home is vacant. Take lots of pictures to share about your adventure but post them after you get return from your trip.
#2: Make your house look lived-in.
Leave on a few lights, hold the mail or newspaper, and ask your neighbor to water the flowers or garden. Safeguard your possessions, keeping them out of sight. Taking these simple measures will make your home look like there is some activity happening at your house so there are no obvious signs of the home being empty for an extended period.
#3: Set your programmable thermostat.
A quality programmable thermostat is a worthwhile investment for your home. They can help maintain accurate temperatures day and night and they will help you save money on your utility bills, even when you’re away on vacation. All you need to do is take some time to program it initially, then let the thermostat work its magic. When you’re gone, there is no need to cool an empty home, so you can program it to be off or set to a lower temperature. Then, program it to turn back on to your desired temperature a few hours before you return from your trip. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home and want to add a little more convenience to your lifestyle, consider adding one before you head out for your vacation. These thermostats work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system! Contact us for thermostat options.
Keep your home safe and secure with these simple tips, then you will be able to leave for your trip with no worries in your mind at all! Contact us today for tips on getting started.
7. 16. 2018
Written by: Metro Air
If you’re tired of shoveling out a lot of money on your energy bill each month, but you’re not sure how to reduce your energy usage, there are some simple ways to change up your normal routine and start seeing energy savings. Here are some ideas that can help reduce your utility bill while doing something great for the environment.
#1: Turn off lights when you’re not there.
This is an easy thing to do, but we often forget about it. Once you make it into a habit, you’ll start noticing a difference in your energy bill. In fact, it could save up to 20% on your bill, especially if you change your energy saving bulbs!
#2: Keep your doors and curtains closed.
When the heat starts rising, keep your doors and curtains closed. This can help you save a lot of energy in wasted cool air. Keeping your curtains closed also means that your air conditioning system won’t need to work as hard, which helps reduce energy bills and help prolong the life of your cooling system.
#3: Replace your cooling system.
Did you know that an old air conditioning system is likely energy inefficient? When you get a new cooling system replacement, you can rest assured knowing that it is made with energy efficiency in mind. Replacing your cooling system to something like a split ductless system could not only help you save money in the summertime, but it can also help reduce heating bills during the cold months of winter.
#4: Unplug things you’re not using.
Your phone charger, your DVD player, and your toaster are just some of the things you aren’t using 24/7, so when they’re not in use, unplug them. The simple act of unplugging things that are not in use is an easy thing to do to save energy!
Adopting new energy saving habits may take a little bit of practice at first, but once you get in the routine, you’ll be on the road to saving money and living a more energy efficient lifestyle!