'Summerize' your winter home

Are you a seasonal homeowner on Marco Island heading back north soon? If so, there are important things you can do to protect your home while you're gone.

With the right preparation, you can keep mold, mildew and musty smells from getting into your island residence. Also, you can save money on your electric bill while you are gone, according to Nancy McCarthy, spokeswoman for the Lee County Electric Cooperation (LCEC).

Her advice includes installing a timer on your air conditioner to cycle the air for two hours each day. Or install a humidistat on the unit.

"Set it to cycle on whenever indoor humidity exceeds 65 percent," McCarthy said. "This will prevent humidity from causing mildew damage."

Another preventive measure is to leave all of your home's interior doors open. That will allow the air to flow through the home and help prevent mildew.

Spacing out your clothing, shoes and other items that are stored will also allow air to flow around the articles and prevent mildew.

You won't be using your water heater. Remember to unplug it before you leave. You'll save money on your electric bill.

McCarthy said another good idea is to have a neighbor or professional housesitter check your home on a regular basis.

For more tips to protect your home and save money, visit the LCEC Web site at www.lcec.net or call 997-SAVE.

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