If you’re due to travel, whether it’s for business or pleasure, the last thing you want to do is come home to a big problem. Unfortunately, this happens to many homeowners every year simply because they don’t don’t pay attention to any tips for home safety. We’ve taken the guesswork out of preparation for you by compiling these seven tips:
- Check and double-check your locks — When you travel, there are a million things to do. Forgetting to secure a backdoor or a window should not be one of them.
- Have your mail and newspapers suspended — If mail or newspapers pile up outside, thieves may realize that you’re not home. Call to have your newspaper service suspended, and either call the post office or go online to have your mail held.
- Install timers for your lights — By setting some of your lights to go on and off at specific intervals, you can create the illusion that you’re still at home.
- Inform a trusted neighbor — Find a good neighbor who can keep an eye out for any problems. Also make sure you provide keys in case of an emergency like a leak or other costly repairs that can’t wait.
- Set your thermostat accordingly — Coming back to a cold house is an uncomfortable situation. Using a programmable thermostat to switch your furnace on before you return will solve this issue.
- Secure your valuables — If anything is especially important, hide it in a place no thief would look. Most of the time, thieves want to get in and out quickly, and will only grab items out in the open.
- Keep your lawn trimmed — If you don’t have a regular service and plan to be gone for a while, hire one temporarily. A growing lawn is an indication that you’re not at home.
For more expert tips for home safety, or for any home comfort questions, please contact the friendly professionals at Bryans United Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Gretna, New Orleans, Luling, Metairie, Hahnville, Marrero, Harvey, St. Rose, Laplace, and the rest of the Metro New Orleans area since 1982.
Written by Zach Mouton