With the holidays approaching, you may have a big trip planned this winter leaving your Columbus, Georgia, home empty for an extended period. Make sure your home is safe while you are away by following these three tips.

Adjust Your Thermostat

It’s not a bad idea to adjust your thermostat this winter to save some money on your utility bills. Make sure you don’t go overboard, however, and turn your thermostat off completely. Although it may seem silly to warm an empty house, turning off your heat can lead to frozen pipes. You should also keep air circulating while you are away, so you don’t compromise the air quality in your home. Program your thermostat to warm your home up before you return so you can save on your utilities without sacrificing your comfort. 

Keep an Eye on Your Home

While a full security system may be out of your budget, keeping an eye on your home while you are away is probably more affordable than you think. There are plenty of apps available for free or low-cost that you can connect to any smartphone or tablet. Direct it toward the main room in your home, and keep an eye out for any issues. If you have more money to invest, consider adding smart technologies, which allow you to essentially control most aspects of your house from afar through your smartphone. 

Hold Your Mail

As exciting as it is to go on vacation, don’t advertise to people that you are away. Avoid posting to Facebook your travel plans, and watch out for signs to intruders. Have the post office hold your mail and your newspaper so that it doesn’t stack up outside while you’re gone. Put lights on a timer so your house doesn’t appear dark for an extended period. Have a neighbor stop in once or twice just so your home doesn’t sit empty the whole time you are away. 

If you’re in need of an updated thermostat or other HVAC solutions this holiday season, we are the people to call. Contact Indoor Solutions at 706-225-8241 to speak to an experienced professional today. 

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