If you are traveling during the winter months, it is vital that you conduct a “safety audit” on your property. Winterizing your home in this way will ensure your home is protected from the elements and any unwanted guests, including burglars and bugs!
Start with maintenance
The temperature in Mesa, AZ in the winter can average lows of 40°, making it essential to tune-up your heating systembefore traveling out of town. If you haven’t had a maintenance checkup on your heating system for some time, you should seriously think about scheduling one. Regular maintenance checks not only extend the life span of the heating system, but also increase its efficiency, while reducing the likelihood for repairs. While we don’t typically get a lot of rain in metro Phoenix, that is predicted to change this winter with El Niño.
To prevent a buildup of twigs, leaves, and dust blocking the vents in your outdoor A/C unit, we recommend that you keep this area clear of windblown debris. This stops unwanted pests from using these areas as breeding grounds. It may seem crazy to think about winterizing your home in Mesa, AZ, but following these tips will save you headache and money.
Shut off the water mains
Whether you are traveling for an extended period of time or just for a long-weekend, turn off the main water shut-off valve. We also recommend that you drain the water lines after you shut the valve off. If you are having difficulty locating the main shut off valve, the water company in your city may be willing to come by and shut it off at the meter. It’s worth checking to see if the local utility company provides this service, as water damage can be catastrophic.
Secure your property
Don’t give unwanted guests a reason to visit when you’re out of town. You can easily deter burglars from your property by following a few simple tips. Either stop your mail for the duration of your time away or have a neighbor check your mailbox daily to keep overflow from occurring. If you have various access points to your property, such as the gates in your backyard, purchase heavy duty locks for these entryways. Install a motion detector light at the main and rear entrances of your property. For added security, you may want to consider investing in a home security system service, where you pay a monthly subscription fee.
Home automation is becoming more and more popular, and there are a number of devices that are Wi-Fi enabled that can turn your house into a “smart” home, which makes it even easier when winterizing your home. John’s is currently working to bring our customers the best in home automation products, including Wi-Fi enabled thermostats. Stay tuned for more details on these products in 2016.
If you are interested in learning more about our maintenance program, we’d be happy to discuss its many features. In order to make sure your home is fully protected while traveling this winter, carry out these simple steps for winterizing your home for added security and peace of mind.