Things to Do Before You Go Away From Home for the Holidays
Don’t Come Back to a Disaster After a Relaxing Break
Planning a trip away from home this holiday season? Your house doesn’t need as much attention as a pet, but it does need some consideration before it’s left alone for an extended period of time. Prevent potential problems so when you return from that amazing trip, you aren’t completely shocked back to reality with trouble at home…
- Adjust Your Thermostat – Heating your home can be its largest source of energy consumption. So why spend that money when you’re out of town? Instead, set your thermostat to maintain a stable temperature, no cooler than 55 degrees. Note that this tip doesn’t suggest turning off the thermostat altogether…
- Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat – These more intelligent controls let you adjust the temperature from anywhere with your smartphone, tablet or computer. This way you can change the settings remotely to make sure your home is the perfect temperature when you return. A smart thermostat can also alert you to temperature changes that indicate a problem with your heating system. These control systems offer many benefits like air quality control, home security automation and system diagnostics making management of your whole home comfort both convenient and automatic.
- Switch to Automatic Fuel Oil Delivery – If you are a Will Call customer, consider switching to Automatic Delivery. Bi-County Inc. will monitor your oil usage and the weather and make sure you don’t run out of fuel oil, and lose heat while you are away.
- Protect Your Pipes – As outdoor temperatures turn colder, the pipes in your house run the risk of freezing and breaking. But if you will be away for more than a day or two, don’t turn off the thermostat altogether. The money spent on heating an empty home to 55 degrees far outweighs the cost of water damage caused by a ruptured pipe!
- Shut Off Exterior Faucets – Outdoor faucets are the first plumbing parts to freeze and burst when the temperature drops. Always close the supply shut-off valve inside the house before you leave. Then open the outside faucets and/or hose to drain the remaining water. Failure to do so can cause a pipe to burst even if you have a frost free faucet.
- Test Your Sump Pump – Sump pump systems help keep groundwater out of your basement. Before a vacation, test your sump pump by filling the sump pit with water and making sure the pump is actually pumping out the water. If it doesn’t, be sure it is plugged in (a surprisingly common oversight) and check the breaker as well. Also make sure the outlet pipe isn’t frozen or clogged and that it directs water away from your home.
- Install a Battery or Water Powered Back-up Sump Pump – Emergency back-up systems for sump pumps keep them functioning during power failures which seem to go hand-in-hand with winter storms. The battery back-up system provides a separate battery driven sump pump and controller that continues working if a power outages occurs and sounds an alarm when maintenance is needed. If your home is serviced by a public water supply, a water-powered back-up sump pump is an additional option.
Bi-County Inc: Your Local Plumbing, HVAC & Home Heating Oil Experts
The certified technicians at Bi-County Inc will provide products from leading manufacturers that provide maximum comfort and energy savings. We can help you select and install the right sump pump with back-up for your situation. And give us a call to discuss upgrading your HVAC thermostat control system. We can also monitor your fuel oil supply with our worry free automatic delivery program. For the peace of mind you’re looking for, click to contact us online or call 215-822-0515 before you go away from home for the holidays this year!