Before the summer fun begins, do your “homework!”
Summer is here! That means no school, backyard BBQs and hopefully a summer vacation. But since summer brings more than beach days and popsicles, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the heat, the rain and all that comes with it. Here are some tips on how to prepare your home for summer:
1. Change direction
Ever wonder what that little switch near the light fixture is for on your ceiling fan? It’s a nifty switch that changes the direction of your fan blades from clockwise to counter clockwise. Flick that switch and the fan will then blow air downwards, circulating the cooler air.
2. Check your rain gutters
It’s easy to forget about your rain gutters, especially during the winter months when there are fewer rainy days. But when summer hits, you want to be sure your gutters are clean and clear of leaves, pine needles and any other debris that can inhibit them from serving their purpose.
3. Change those filters
It’s important to regularly change the filters in the AC and in the fridge. Clean AC filters help keep your electric bills lower so be sure to check them and change them, especially if you have pets. The filter in your fridge keeps your water and ice fresh and delicious; make sure you change it if it’s more than 6 months old. You will definitely need a lot of clean, cool ice for your cooler when you are headed to the beach.
4. Consider an attic fan or vent
When the temperatures start to soar, the heat in your attic can get reach 50 degrees above the temps outside—sometimes to a scorching 140 degrees. If you ventilate or invest in an attic fan, you’ll keep that hot air out, which in turn keeps the whole house cooler.
5. Prep the AC
Clean your AC unit and have your AC maintenance done to be sure it’s ready for the summer heat. If you’re doing it yourself, be sure to clean out any debris and leaves from the outside unit before turning your AC on. On the inside, clean or replace the filters and remember, setting it at 78 degrees when you aren’t home helps keep your electric bills down.
6. Check your caulking & weather stripping
Cracked or split caulking means your AC can escape and hot air can seep in. This translates to higher utility bills so check all your windows and take a look at your doors, too.
7. Have a leftovers party
Invite the gang over and heat and eat all those leftovers you’ve been freezing for so long. You’ll need the freezer space for summer treats like popsicles and ice cream.
8. Eliminate the biters
When summer arrives, so does the rain and with it comes mosquitos. Protect your family by installing our automatic misting system. Once installed, the system will automatically spray during dawn and dusk, eliminating mosquitos, no-see-ums and other pesky insects.
Before summer gets too far underway, make sure you prep your home for the rising temperatures, rainy weather, bugs and everything else that comes along with the season. For more information on how we can help prepare your home for summer contact us today!