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Friday, 03 December 2021
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Thanksgiving was here and gone and Christmas is on the way!  Many of you will be travelling for some part of December during the upcoming school break and holidays and I wanted to give you a few helpful hints to help you get your home ready for your departure. 

If possible, have a family member, friend or neighbor check on your home regularly while you are gone, even if you have stopped deliveries.  Sometimes the mail doesn’t get stopped on the date you requested or there may be packages delivered that were sent by others who are unaware of your travel plans.  It is always good to know there is someone close by to check on your home, especially if you will be away for an extended amount of time.

Before leaving, check that your windows and outside doors are locked and leave a key with whoever is checking on your home.  Garage codes are good to share but a key will always allow them entry in the event of a power or device failure.  It is also a good idea to thoroughly review and leave a written list of details and provide a few alternate contact numbers in the event you are unreachable or are leaving a pet behind with a house-sitter.  Don’t forget to provide clear instructions on any alarm systems that may need to be disarmed for entry to your home!

Set up a few timers on lamps around your home, even if someone may be checking on your home daily.  You can go as high tech as you would like or just use some simple manual timers in different locations.  Some timers have a “random” setting and will make it look like your home is occupied by turning the lights on and off at different times every day.  For an additional layer of security you can install a doorbell camera or other types of simple cameras that are triggered by motion and can be controlled remotely from your phone.

You can also lower your thermostat setting if you would like to save a little money on your heating bill while you are gone.  However, don’t turn off your heat or set it so low that it won’t ever run while you are gone!  You don’t want to come back to a mess of frozen pipes!

If you have a clear plan and attend to a few of these details a week or two before you leave, you will be able to focus your attention on enjoying your time away!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  And always remeber..... "You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 12/03/2021 8:00 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Friday, 12 November 2021
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As they days grow cooler, does the sound of that little click on your thermostat make you a little crazy?  You know, the one that happens just before the heat turns on?  Do you monitor your thermostat like a hawk this time of year?  We have probably all seen at least one news story today about the cost of heating our homes this winter.  While you can’t control the cost of electricity or natural gas, you can control the temperature and timing of heat usage in your home and one easy way to do this is with a programmable thermostat. 

There are quite a few benefits to using a programmable thermostat but one of the major benefits is cost savings.  Did you intend to turn down the thermostat before you left your home for the evening but forgot?  Now, no one is at home for the next few hours but your heat continues to run.  How about remembering to lower the temperature when you are sleeping?  Do you often go to bed and forget to adjust the temperature?  If you have a larger home you can establish different temperature zones to heat the areas where you spend the most time rather than the whole house.  Based on some estimates, the cost savings is about 1-2% for every 2 degrees you raise or lower your thermostat depending on season.  That could make quite a difference in your energy bill without having to think about it!

It is also hard to ignore the convenience of programmable thermostats.  Would you like to come home to a warm house but have to wait because the thermostat is set quite low all day while no one is home?  Do you want to get up in the morning to a warm house without having the heat run all night?  What about coming home earlier or later than expected and having the option to adjust the thermostat on the way so your house is a perfect temperature when you arrive?  Would you like to place a lock on the thermostat so only specific family members can make adjustments?

There are many different types of programmable thermostats.  They range from a simple 5+2 type where one schedule can be set for the weekdays and another for the weekends to more sophisticated smart models that run on your home’s Wi-Fi system, can learn your family’s patterns and be controlled from any device with internet access.  Many HVAC system manufacturers also have their own programmable models made specifically for use with their systems.  There are new models hitting the market often so there is bound to be an economical option for you!

Do some research on what type of thermostat will work best for your family’s needs, heating/cooling system and schedule.  Do you want the ability to have a different schedule every day of the week or can every day be the same?  If you enjoy DIY projects, many come with very detailed installation instructions, online videos or smartphone apps to assist with installation.  If you are not a mechanical person, thermostats can be easily installed by your HVAC company or an electrician.  Once installed, just set it and forget it!

.... "You've Got A Friend! in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 11/12/2021 8:59 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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