Five Ways to Prep Your Home for Your Vacation
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Five Ways to Prep Your Home for Your Vacation
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Five Ways to Prep Your Home for Your Vacation

Summer is nearly here, and with graduations being completed and the weather warming up, now’s the time when many people will be taking off for a much-needed vacation. Whether you’re traveling the world or simply taking a road trip elsewhere in the state, you can’t get far enough away from the lingering thoughts about the condition and security of your home. We’ve all heard the horror stories of people leaving for their dream vacation, only to return to a home that’s suffered a serious emergency and sustained major damage that’s going to take weeks and cost a fortune to fix. The last thing you want to worry about is coming back to one of these horror stories of your own.

There’s good news: today, keeping an eye on your home is easier than ever thanks to modern technology that monitors some of your home’s most important systems and features. Thanks to this technology, you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere on the planet (as long as you have an internet connection) and even respond at a moment’s notice to prevent an emergency from wreaking havoc on your home. This can even help you keep energy and utility costs down while you’re traveling as well!

Here are a few of these handy and helpful devices which can save you money and keep your home secure while you’re away.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are thermostats which have the ability to help you take better control over your heating and cooling system and keep your home more comfortable. Many of these smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled, which means they have extra features like the ability to pull real-time weather data and make climate decisions based on them. Most give you total control over your HVAC system from anywhere in the world from an app on your smartphone, and some models even learn your climate preferences and make adjustments on their own based on what they’ve learned! This helps you save a bundle on your energy costs while you’re away by keeping your home’s temperature at a more energy-friendly level.

Leak Smart Water Monitors

A burst pipe is perhaps the most fear-inducing problem to have while you’re away from home because you often have no indication that your plumbing is even experiencing any sort of a problem. Yet, without warning water starts spilling out endlessly, flooding your home and ruining your flooring, furniture, and more. A Leak Smart water monitor helps you prevent that. These devices carefully monitor your water for signs of leaks and alert you when they detect one. Plus they give you the ability to shut your water off with the touch of a button. If you’re away and your plumbing starts to leak, you can respond right away and shut off your water, avoiding a costly restoration and repair as well as extremely high water bill.

Water Heater Timers

A water heater timer is a device which shuts your water heater off when nobody is home and then turns it on again shortly before you return, preventing your water heater from consuming extra energy for heating that you ultimately will never need or use. These devices help you save energy while you’re away too. By lowering your water heater’s thermostat and setting a timer, you’ll keep your tank at a more energy-friendly level, saving you money and keeping your water heater in good condition.

Water Saving Faucets & Showerheads

Water saving faucets and showerheads are extremely good at reducing your water bills when you’re at home using them, but how do they help you when you’re away? Simple: because they’re so good at reducing the amount of water they use, they’re also remarkably good at preventing costly leaks! Low-flow faucets and showerheads prevent dripping leaks in your sinks and showers, and a low-flow toilet is less likely to run and waste water when you’re away!

Motion Lights

Motion lights are an outstanding security feature for your home. Not only do they give your home the impression that someone might be home, leading to uncertainty of whether or not it’s safe for potential burglars to break in, but they also flood sensitive areas with light, eliminating the cover of darkness that many criminals use to avoid detection or being seen by neighbors. When attached to a timer or smartphone controller, you can turn these lights on and off automatically as well, which means even more control over your security.

Our Tuscaloosa home service experts can install these and many other home security and convenience features for you! Call Banks Quarles Plumbing Heating Cooling & Electrical at (205) 614-5560 today.

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