Pre-Vacation Checklist

Whether you’re leaving town for a weekend or for two weeks, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into it both for the packing and travel plans and for your home. If you’re getting someone to watch your house for you, then a lot of these tips might not apply, but a housesitter isn’t always necessary.

Follow these tips to make sure that you’re not wasting energy or losing money while you’re away on your relaxing vacation.


Make sure that you close all of your windows before leaving on vacation. This will save you from an unexpected storm that could lead to severe water damage, and it will also help you to regulate the temperature in your home better.

Additionally, make sure you close your curtains so that passersby can’t peer into your home to see if anyone is home. Try not to shut every room off as that will also look suspicious, but at least the lower floors of your house.


Raise the temperature on your thermostat about 5 degrees above the usual setting. This will keep you from cooling an empty house, but it will also prevent energy waste in the form of cooling your home to much and too quickly once you’re back from vacation.

Unplug Appliances

Plugged in and unused appliances are a massive waste of energy whether you’re away on vacation or not. Make sure that before you leave, you take the time to walk around your home and unplug any unnecessary appliances and electronics.

Turn Off Water

Turn off the water valves to the dishwasher, shower, sink, and washing machine. This will prevent the risk of a flood or costly water damage in the event of a plumbing problem!

For any help or questions regarding your home’s heating and cooling systems, call the experts at B&B Air & Heat!