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Doug’s 5 Simple Vacation Prep Hacks For Your Home Comfort Systems

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Going on vacation? You’ll want to make sure you enjoy your trip worry free. That means tying up loose ends before you leave home. When tying up those loose ends, make sure you also take care of your plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems so that you can save energy and return to a well functioning, comfortable home after your time away!

 

Plumbing

Turn Off The Water

Turn you water off at the main shut off valve. This will eliminate any chances of damaging leaks or burst pipes. If you can’t turn your water off at the main valve, you can turn off the valves on individual water lines that supply things like refrigerators, toilets, dishwashers or sinks; this will take a few minutes longer to do, but will still protect your home from plumbing disasters.

 

Turn Your Water Heater Off

If the weather doesn’t call for conditions that can freeze water and pipes, turn off your water heater at either your home’s circuit panel or the shutoff handle on the actual water heater. This will reduce your energy consumption while you’re away. If the weather does pose a freeze risk, turn your water heater temperature setting to the minimum; your pipes will be safe from freezing and you’ll still save a ton of money on energy usage.

 

HVAC

Set The Thermostat Higher

You’ll want to leave the AC running while you’re gone so the heat and humidity don’t foster mold growth and ruin your air quality or mess up your wood furniture or flooring.

However, you can significantly reduce energy costs by turning up the temperature in your home. A good rule of thumb is to set it at the halfway point between your preferred indoor temperature and the temperature outside — so if you prefer a temperature of 70° and the forecast calls for temps in the 90s, bump your AC up to 80°.

 

Electrical

Turn Off The Lights

Make sure all of your lights are off so they aren’t wasting electricity. You can install a timer that turns on certain lights at night to ward off would-be intruders and then turns them off during the day so that they won’t waste energy.

 

Unplug Nonessentials

Just because no one is using TVs, computers, hair dryers or small kitchen appliances while you’re away doesn’t mean they won’t be pulling current. Leave your fridge and freezer plugged in, but unplugging everything else that’s not essential will save you energy and money.

Call Doug’s For Home Comfort Prep & Repairs

If you need help preparing your home comfort systems, including air conditioning, electrical and plumbing, before your vacation, call Doug’s at (985) 222-2913. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

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Kendra Clements
Kendra Clements
20:08 22 Jun 21
The guys that serviced our old unit and installed our new ac system were great! The new system is so quiet and our house feels amazing now! I recommend them to anyone thats needs any ac services.
alicia knight
alicia knight
17:42 22 Jun 21
I was referred to Doug's by a friend, I was greeted on the phone by a very friendly receptionist who took all my info, all that was great. The problem is our technician who came to service my rental property. He was full of attitude, and not professional what so ever according to the tenant. He acted like he was inconvenienced to be making the service call. He called us with the recommendation and pricing, and when we said we would take care of the minor maintenance ourselves, he told our tenant "good luck, because we don't want to spend the money". Hopefully this technician, Samuel, isn't a reflection of Doug's. We all have jobs to do, and if you don't like your job, find a new one! I also left a message for the supervisor to give me a call back yesterday as soon as I found about this information, and have yet to receive a call back.
Lawrence J Mango-Kraemer
Lawrence J Mango-Kraemer
19:55 07 Jun 21
Just recently moved to Louisiana and I bought a gas stove. Unfortunately, the old owners had an electric one and I don’t know how to change electric outlets or gas line/valve stuff. So, to make a long story short the home is older and has fuses and breakers. So, for my own safety and comfort I contacted them. They were very responsive and were able to get me in the same day! When I googled an electrician Doug’s was the first one to pop up. I’m so glad that him and a team member came to my home and installed two new outlets with correct wiring for the gas stove and switched out the gas valve and knew where the shut off was. So, now I can go to sleep knowing it was done correctly and will not have any issues! So, thank you Doug’s!!!! I will definitely use them again if needed!
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