Planning a March Break vacation? We’re jealous! If you’re in the throes of vacation planning, there’s probably a lot to think about — making travel bookings, packing, and, of course, getting your house prepared.
If you’re planning a March Break vacation, the one thing you won’t want to leave off your preparation list is making sure your home protection is guaranteed — and that includes your furnace.
Most years in Canada, March Break still means winter weather, which means your furnace will continue to run while you’re away. You’ll want to make sure your home is safe and you’re not wasting energy before you leave.
Here’s what you need to know.
- Set the Thermostat
In most cases, setting your thermostat for 50 degrees is recommended if no one will be staying in the home. If you have pets in the home, you’ll want to keep it higher, but if you’re going away for more than few days, you’re likely better off leaving your animals with a friend.
If you have a programmable thermostat, there may be a feature that will let you hold your current settings and enter in a temporary change.
- Water Heater
If you’re leaving for more than a couple days, you can save a lot of energy by turning off your water heater before heading out for March Break vacation. If you have a natural gas water heater or a power vented water heater, you might be able to set it to “vacation” mode.
With an electric water heater, shut off the power supply and the cold-water supply. You’ll save money and prevent a leak. When you return from vacation, make sure the cold-water supply is open and the tank is completely full before turning the power back on. It will take about four to five hours to get the water back to temperature.
- Unplug Electronics and Appliances
Even unused appliances suck up energy when they’re plugged in. Take care before your vacation to unplug any appliances and electronics before you leave.
- Put Antifreeze in the Toilet
Flushing your toilet tanks before leaving is a good idea, but there will still be water in the bowl that can freeze while you’re gone. Putting some antifreeze in can help prevent a buildup.
- Arrange for Snow Removal
If you’re going away for a while, or expecting heavy snow, pre-arranging for snow removal will make your house look lived in. And you won’t have to worry about shovelling when you return.
- Going on an Extended Vacation? Get Your Furnace Checked
If you’re going away for a longer amount of time, it can be a good idea to get your furnace checked before you go.
HomeBridge Canada offers affordable furnace maintenance plans. If you’re taking a trip longer than March Break vacation, don’t leave your home protection to chance.
Call us at 1-866-876-9986 or visit www.homebridgecanada.com.