The warm weather is upon us. And you know what that means: time to get everything ready inside and outside your home. Just as fall is the perfect opportunity to get your home ready for winter, spring is the time to get your home ready for summer. This includes cleaning the yard, getting out the patio furniture, and checking all your home systems. Protect your investment and reduce your workload by taking care of everything before the heat really hits. Here are some tips on getting your house ready for summer.
Prepare for the Heat
Usually, when people think about insulation, they’re thinking about how to keep heat inside during the winter months. However, insulation plays an important role in the summer by keeping the heat out and air conditioning in. Inspect the level of insulation in the attic and around your house, and add more if needed. It’ll make a difference in your home comfort and your energy bills!
Another way to keep the summer heat out is to ensure that there are no leaks in your home. Check weather stripping around doors and windows to seal up any drafts. These small changes can also make a big difference in home comfort.
Check All Your Home Systems
Spring is a great time for HVAC maintenance and tune-ups. In fact, most HVAC companies recommend a spring tune-up of your HVAC equipment, particularly your AC. Schedule a tune-up appointment to ensure your AC is in peak condition and ready to take on the summer heat. Along with your spring cleaning, give your vents a vacuum and consider having your HVAC technician clean your ductwork. Don’t forget to clean out your dryer vents!
As you’re doing your spring cleaning, investigate your electrical systems around your house. Check your garbage disposal, outlets, and ceiling fans, as you’ll need them to circulate the cool air and keep you comfortable this summer. Make sure there aren’t any potential electrical issues or hazards.
The spring is also a good time to test your various detectors. Check and test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. If they’re battery operated, replace the batteries and start the season fresh. If you have a fire extinguisher, take a look to make sure it’s in working order.
Get the Outside of Your House Ready
Refresh the Deck
The sun can be extremely damaging to wooden decks, drying out planks which can cause shrinking and cracking. To protect the boards, the deck needs to be properly sealed and protected against damaging UV rays. Spring is the best time to do this – or have it done.
Repair Concrete Cracks
The freeze/thaw cycle of winter can cause cracks in concrete. Inspect your driveway and other areas of your home for signs of any cracks and repair them before it turns into a larger issue.
Trim & Remove Foliage
As new life blooms, take a walk around your yard to look for any shrubs or branches that could be obstructing your air conditioner or any other home system. Trim any trees or bushes that could pose a danger to your house.
Protect Your Home Systems with a Smarter Living Plan
By taking a few proactive steps now, you can get your house ready for summer in no time!
When you take the time to check your home systems and perform the proper annual maintenance, you do your part to protect your investment and your home.
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