With the holiday season upon us, many people in the Kankakee area are taking advantage of some days off work to go on a winter vacation. Whether you’re planning to take just a few days, a few weeks, or a few months away from your home, it’s important to know what to do for your house in order to make sure that you don’t come back to burst pipes or other household damage. Here are our tips on how to make sure that this winter vacation, your house weathers the elements.

Spending A Few Days Away From Home

If you’re just going to be away for a few days, most experts recommend that you turn down your heat to a temperature that’s 4 degrees lower than your typical comfort range, or 6-8 degrees cooler if you have a modern gas furnace that’s more efficient. This will protect your pipes and keep a relatively easy-to-maintain status quo, so that when you return, you can just walk into the house, turn the thermostat back up, and start unpacking your stuff right away.

One simple trick that is catching on in many of the homes in the area is to install a wifi-connected thermostat. This won’t cost you a lot of money, is simple and quick to install, and lets you use your smartphone to check the temperature of your house while you’re away, and turn it back up to a comfortable setting a couple of hours before you get back home, so that the time you arrive, your house will already be warmed up.

Our HVAC repair service in Kankakee can provide this installation for you anywhere in the surrounding towns, so if you live in Bourbonnais, Manteno, Bradley, Aroma Park, Frankfort, or anywhere along the HWY 52 or I-57 corridor, we’d love to set you up with a new thermostat as well as check to make sure that your heating system is in good working order and perform the maintenance it needs. Whether your trip is in a few days or a few weeks, give us a call for expert service, and we’ll be happy to work with you.

Spending an Extended Period of Time Away from Home

If you’re going to go out of town for an extended period of time, you’ll want to strike a good balance between saving money and protecting your home.

Water in your pipes is the number one biggest threat to your home in cold weather, and here in Illinois, everyone knows that our winters get cold. So whether you’re a snowbird going to Florida to escape all the winter snow and ice, or a college student taking advantage of a 6-week break to go to Colorado and ski, you’ll need to prepare your home effectively for your absence.

One of the best things you can do for yourself if you’re going on an extended vacation is to find someone to house sit for you. This will give you someone to water your plants, shovel the walks, and keep an eye on things while you’re gone.

But what if you can’t find or don’t want someone to house sit for you? Stay tuned for our next blog, when we’ll cover all the tips and tricks for shutting up your house to survive the cold.