You know what dampens the mood of what is supposed to be an exciting or relaxing vacation? Worrying about your home while you are away. If you are gone for longer than a few days, it’s possible that potential burglars will notice and attempt to take advantage of your absence. To give yourself some peace of mind and keep your home safe, follow these safety tips:
Leave your curtains open
Whenever people leave their homes for a trip, we almost always ask ourselves the same question: windows covered, or uncovered? What is the option that is most likely to deter break-ins? Think of it this way: if leave your curtains or blinds closed, would-be criminals have more opportunity to notice that something about your house has not changed in several days. You probably do not keep your windows covered 24/7 while you are at home, so leaving them open contributes to the illusion that you are still there.
Have a plan for your lights
You might be tempted to leave your lights on for the entire duration of your trip, but this is wasteful and will rack up your electric bill. Instead, put your kitchen, bedroom, or living room lights on timers to save energy, but having them on for a few hours in the evening will make it seem like someone is inside.
Something else you can do is install an outdoor motion-sensor light. Intruders might be alarmed if they approach your home and suddenly, the lights turn on. If this happens and your neighbors know that you are away, it gives them more opportunity to take action and call the police.
Ask a neighbor for help
Let your neighbors know that you will be away for a while, and ask the ones you are closest with to help out around the house. Maybe you can ask them to water your plants, feed your pet, grab your mail, or do something else. Having at least one person going in and out of your home while you are gone is a useful way to check for any signs of tampering and prevent it outright.
Lock away your valuables
Put any items you are particularly worried about in a safe place. One option is purchasing a small safe, but if this is unrealistic for you, move your valuables to a location where burglars are unlikely to look.
Take necessary precautions with your home so that you can enjoy your vacation. If you don’t want to worry about the functionality of your home itself (which is also advantageous for while you are still there), TwinTech Heating can make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly.
When our old oil furnace finally broke down we decided it was time to finally convert to natural gas and finally install central air conditioning at the same time. Knowing it was going to be a significant investment for us, we wanted to make the right choice. Twintech came highly recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. From the first contact with the salesperson, until the final touches on the installation, we were so pleased with their service. Everyone from the company was so friendly, efficient and a pleasure to deal with. Best of all, the cost was very competitive. We would certainly recommend Twintech to anyone requiring HVAC work in their home.
Mitch from Twintech came out for our annual furnace inspection. We found him to be friendly, conscientious & he left the work area clean. We were also very impressed with the thoroughness of the job he did. This is the 2nd job weve had Twintech do for us & have been very happy with the results for each. We highly recommend this company. Thank you, Mitch, Dave & Greg.
Work was done on schedule, professionally, according to quote and with minimal inconvenience to building users. Very happy with the end result. The only area for improvement from my experience - need more timely quoting process.
The team was great! Very knowledgeable, professional and extremely helpful. A few days after install the unit didnt seem to be working, user error, but within minutes of contacting them..on a Saturday.. a tech was on the phone troubleshooting with us. I highly recommend Twintech for your cooling or heating needs. They stand by their products and a pleasure to deal with.
During the hottest week in the summer our old A/C decided to call it quits. I called Twintech Heating & Cooling after receiving a referral from a family member; came highly rated for being an honest, family-run business, who appreciates their customers. Dave was able to accommodate my hectic schedule and book a late evening appointment to walk through the specifics. Greg and Mitch arrived exactly on time a few days later, were very polite and friendly, and within a couple of hours had a new unit up and running. I also received a follow-up call to ensure we were happy with the Amana.
They were on time and very professional. I'm so glad I decided to go with Twintech, thanks!
Timely and appreciated - this was during the hottest days this year when our Air and Furnace way.
Efficient. Professional. No BS or overselling. What was promised, was delivered at a cost-effective price point.
Down to earth.
Professionally done and took care to cover all entry floors to the house for the installers to remove the old furnace and install a new furnace.
I also made recommendations of the tankless water heater that we had installed and items to address. We did not know they also installed tankless water heaters.
Price was not the cheapest nor the most expensive of my quotes. It's the quality of the installation that makes for a good AC system. The twins' knowledge & professionalism was evident in the small details:
Very clean work. Greg made sure that the refrigerant level & temperature were correct. They reinstall the insulation & vapor barrier around the wall. The outside electrical cords were secured to the wall. Proud to support this local company. Thank you.
Great team of guys came to do the work. Very professional. Arrived on time worked very efficiently and were very clean. They answered any questions we had without hesitation. The air conditioner works great and is so quiet. I highly recommend them and they don't try to up-sell anything right from the start.