Avoid surprise home expenses with a pre-vacation checklist
Southern Trust Home Services gives tips to homeowners in southwest Virginia to avoid high utility bills and plumbing accidents while traveling
ROANOKE, Va., July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As the holiday season continues, Southern Trust Home Services, a leading electrical, HVAC and plumbing company in the Southwest Virginia, gives homeowners tips for creating a vacation checklist that can help avoid returning home with high energy bills and plumbing disasters.
“Holidays are exciting times to escape the grind and get away,” said Ted Puzio, owner of Southern Trust Home Services. “While many homeowners are already thinking about stopping their mail, leaving a security light on, and making sure their doors are locked, they should also consider their air conditioning and plumbing.”
Puzio recommends doing the following before leaving your home empty while traveling:
Check windows and doors: As well as the security aspect of making sure your home is locked and safe during your trip, making sure all windows and doors are properly closed and sealed, keeping energy costs down by ensuring conditioned air does not escape.
Set the thermostat: Set your thermostat to Away Mode or to a temperature depending on the time of year that won’t overwork your system and benefit no one at home. If you have a smart thermostat, it can be programmed to return to a comfortable temperature when you arrive from vacation.
Disconnect electronics: Electronic devices, including small appliances, televisions and mobile charging cords, still consume power while plugged in, increasing your bill. Unplug all unnecessary appliances to avoid high electricity bills.
Adjust the boiler: If you are going to be away for more than 3 days, set the water heater to Holiday Mode or “VAC”. If the specific model does not have a holiday mode, adjust the temperature to 55 degrees to save energy.
Shut off the water: The last thing you want to return to is a flooded house. During your absence, turn off the non-essential water taps on sinks and appliances, such as your washing machine and dishwasher. Double-check that any remaining water sources, such as your shower, sinks, toilet, and outdoor faucet, are not leaking or dripping.
“Between remembering to pack the sunscreen and making sure your household is safe, getting ready for vacation can be overwhelming,” Puzio said. “Start early and take a few simple, additional preventative measures before you leave to make sure your plumbing, air, and electrical appliances are in order too. It’s worth avoiding coming home with unplanned expenses, and if you need help preparing your home, be sure to contact a licensed and insured professional who will perform a thorough home inspection.”
For more information, call Southern Trust Home Services at (540) 343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
About Southern Trust Home Services
Founded in 1995 as Southern State Electric, Southern Trust Home Services provides homeowners in more than 60 Southwestern cities with plumbing, electrical HVAC services, drain cleaning and one-day bath renovation services, including 24/7 emergency repairs. Virginia. Roanoke’s Southern Trust Home Services is the first to offer a lifetime warranty on all recommended repairs. The Southern Trust Home Services staff has dedicated, certified, licensed and insured technicians from drug and criminal backgrounds who provide timely same-day service for a variety of home repairs, installations and maintenance. Southern Trust Home Services has been an A Better Business Bureau accredited company since 2006 and has financing available, including 0 percent for 18 months and a lifetime repair warranty on listed repairs. For more information call 540-343-4348 or visit www.southerntrusthomeservices.com.
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