Getting Ready for Summer Vacation

It’s finally summer in the MetroWest area and vacation season is in full swing. If you’re ready to pack up the car and hit the road for week or two of fun, your friends at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning encourage taking some simple steps to prepare your home before leaving for vacation.

Prepping Your Home

No matter how fabulous your vacation, nothing is worse than returning home to find an easily preventable disaster has left you with a mess and steep repair bills. Don’t forget to turn off the water to the house before leaving. If even a small leak occurs while you’re gone, it can end up causing thousands of dollars in water damage to your house. To prevent this, turn off the main water valve that leads into the home.

Be sure to clean your kitchen garbage disposal to avoid coming home to the smell of something rotten. Leaving scraps and debris to ripen for weeks is a recipe for unpleasantness.  Before leaving, pour ½ cup of white vinegar with hot water into the garbage disposal while it is running to clean it thoroughly.

Don’t forget about the bathroom. Standing water in a toilet bowl can become stagnant, leaving a ring inside the bowl and generating an unpleasant odor. Before leaving the home unoccupied, pour ½ cup of bleach into the toilet bowl.

Saving Money

Vacations cost enough, so it’s smart to minimize the cost of cooling and heating your home when leaving it empty for a week. Here are a few money-saving tips:

Adjust water heater. Save your money to spend on your vacation, not on utility bills racked up while you’re gone. Turn down the temperature on your water heater before leaving for vacation. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode setting, set the temperature lower than normal to save energy.

Set your thermostat higher. If nobody is home to enjoy the cooler air, set the thermostat higher than normal to save significant amounts of energy. The best practice is to set the temperature to 10 degrees higher than you normally have it set. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat that can be set to cool off the house before you return from vacation.

Save even more power by unplugging electronic devices. Electronics that are plugged in continue to use energy even when they are not turned on. So, unplug all your computers, televisions, and phone chargers before leaving. This will also help protect sensitive electronic devices in the case of a power surge or lightning strike while you’re gone.

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Be ready when hot weather strikes the MetroWest area. Schedule an air conditioning tune-up or learn more about our other services by calling Nicholson today at 508-881-1500 or visit Nicholson proudly offers discounts for seniors, veterans and disabled individuals.


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