Embrace the warm days of summer by doing a few simple tasks in your home before the weather gets too hot. Doing these in advance can prepare your home for the warm weather and save you time and money in the long run.
- Freshen your airflow
Ensure lower energy output and a cool summer with some airflow updates. Make sure your ceiling fans and your air conditioner are working properly. Spring is the best time to change the air conditioner filter.
If the filter is dirty, it will work harder and cost more to run. Turn on the unit and if it isn’t working as it should, you may need to call in a professional. Even if everything is in working order, having an annual tune-up can make sure it’s running efficiently and extend its life.
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- Clean windows and screens
Windows with sparkling clean glass say hello to summer. Thoroughly wash your windows inside and out with a window cleaning solution and a squeegee. While you’re cleaning, check for signs of any damage that may have occurred during the winter and repair it so hot air stays out and cool air stays in as the weather warms up.
Do away with winter drapes and replace them with fresh, breezy window treatments in light colors. While you’re at it, you can remove heavy rugs, heaters, fire logs, thick blankets and anything else that evokes winter. Replace them with lightweight rugs, summer accessories and replace candles with vases for cut flowers.
- Check your attic
Before the temperature gets too hot, check your attic. Wear a dust mask, long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from insulation, animal droppings etc. Creatures may have nested there during the winter to escape the cold.
Find and seal the holes where the animals were getting in and get rid of droppings. Check for any wet spots that could indicate a leak and air vent obstructions and make sure they’re repaired. If your insulation has become compacted, you may have to add more.
- Examine your house roof and exterior
Your roof and house exterior may have suffered damage during the winter. Take a pair of binoculars and look at your roof from across the street to see if there are any cracked or missing shingles. Look for damaged flashing around the chimney, skylights and pipes. Get in touch with a professional to fix any damage.
It’s a good time to take on a paint project on the exterior of your home or to scrape and varnish any exposed wood to prevent rot. Probe the weather stripping around your front door with a screwdriver and caulk any post-winter gaps.
Tighten hinges that may have come loose due to temperature shifts. Check your gutters and downspouts as winter can be tough on them. Damage can lead to leaks and let water into a basement.
- Give your patio some attention
Lazy summer days offer the perfect opportunity to spend time on your patio. Clean the deck with a power washer or deck brush and a deck-cleaning solution. Clean any outdoor furniture with a scrub brush, warm soapy water and a hose.
Arrange the furniture and freshen outdoor pillows or invest in new ones. Add a couple of flowering planters and swap out old light fixtures for new ones. Your patio will be clean, comfortable and ready for entertaining.