Summer is just around the corner! We’ve been talking about it all winter and it’s finally here. Summer is all about relaxing, and to help your days become worry free, it’s a good idea to get your home ready for the summer. We’ve come up with a list of things that you can easily accomplish now that will make your summer days effortlessly enjoyable. Don’t get overwhelmed either; this list is merely suggestions for you. Use this as a guide or a checklist, however you wish. So without further ado, here are 10 things that you can do to get your home ready for the summer:
1. Air Conditioning: Test your AC ahead of time to make sure it’s working properly. You don’t want it to fail on the first 90-degree day of the year. Change the filters in your system, which you should be doing monthly anyway. You may want to test your ducts for leaks, and check your windows too. The more proficient your system is running, the more money you will save.
2. Fans: If you’re trying to save some money, you can try and get through the late spring season and early summer utilizing fans. Open the windows and turn on your ceiling fan. If you set the blades to rotate counterclockwise, the hot air will be sucked up towards the ceiling and cleared out with the breeze. A cheap alternative to a ceiling fan is a portable or tower fan. Using a portable fan to cycle air through your home, with the windows open, is a cool solution to the heat.
3. Insulation: Another way to save money and keep the utility bills down is to check your insulation. You may need to add more insulation to keep in the AC during the summer and the heat during the winter. This simple fix does double duty, and will be on the winter checklist too.
4. Screens: Take the screens out of your windows, hose them down thoroughly and do any repairs needed. The same goes for your screen doors. If you have the windows open and the fans blowing, dirty screens create dirty air that leaves itself all over your home and furniture. Plus, you don’t want to breathe in stale 6-month-old dirty air.
5. Plants: Beautiful plants and summer go hand-in-hand! Place plants around your home to help filter the air that’s passing through your home. Place them in areas where you and the family spend the most time for an organic, springtime aroma and a beautiful visual display.
6. Gutters: Spring showers bring lots of rain, so make sure to clean out your gutters properly before it’s too late. Clogged gutters not only look bad, but the displace water to areas it should not be. Without proper drainage, your yard can flood, which leads foundation flooding and damage. This easy fix will save you a big headache down the road.
7. Roof: The summer sun can be very unforgiving on your roof and shingles. Take a walk around your home and see if you notice any pieces of shingles that have fallen during the winter. Get on your roof and inspect some more. Replace any broken or crackled shingles before they get any worse. While you’re up there, check your skylight for any leaks or damage.
8. Outside Faucets: Check all of your external faucets to see that water is flowing with a good amount of pressure. If the faucet lacks pressure and you can stop water flow with your thumb, you might have a leaky pipe problem somewhere. Pipes freeze and burst throughout the winter and, in some cases, you might not discover that until now. It’s always good idea to check ahead of time.
9. Stain: If you have an outdoor wooden patio, apply a fresh coat of stain to protect it from UV rays, moisture, rain, snow and so forth. Stain is not only protection, but can make your old patio shine with freshness again. You don’t have to stop at the patio, you can stain a wooden fence and any wooden patio furniture you have as well.
10. Patio: Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, you may want to invest in some patio equipment. Adding some chairs and a table allows your family to enjoy dinner outside or gather with some friends. Don’t let the sunset ruin your gathering either, install outdoor lighting. Patio lights can be installed in the ground, on the deck, or even hang from above. Make sure your outside electrical outlets are working properly too! Summer nights are beautiful when the sun goes down so try and take advantage of them.
These 10 tips can really make your summer take off without a hitch. Get started early so you can spend more time in the sun as the warmer weather moves in. If you have any questions or concerns about how to prepare anything on this list, please just give us a call at 732-840-4011.