The winter months are melting away and you may have noticed temperatures are beginning to climb. Before you know it Spring will be here and Summer right on its heels. Is your home ready for the drastic difference? Here are a few tips to make sure your home is prepared so you can beat the heat.
Inspect Your Air Conditioning Unit
Nothing is worse than coming home from a hard hot day at work only to find that you are met with the same sweltering heat you were trying to escape. To avoid this, remember to maintain your air conditioner. Think ahead before the worst days arrive and make sure your unit is operational. As EnergyStar.gov points out, a simple filter check might be all you need. A dirty filter will force the unit to work harder which could lead to some costly repairs. You don’t want to use any unnecessary energy. Don’t forget to have an occasional HVAC system tune-up as well.
Clean Windows and Screens
Spring is the prime time to clean or remove storm windows. It is also a good time to examine your windows to see if there is any damage from the colder months. If you have been affected by snow or ice, look for signs of dry rot and water damage. Re-caulk or replace damaged weather stripping where needed, as well. This will help keep the hot air out and the cool air in. If need be inspected them your window screens and repair any damage but don’t pressure wash them — the force of the spray can damage them. Then re-install your window screens once satisfied.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Seemingly minor, don’t neglect to run a quick check on all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. It may seem tedious, but a few minutes spent on maintenance may save your life if the unexpected happens.
Set Up a Barrier for Bugs
With warm weather, there is a resurgence of insects and arachnids. During the colder months they tend to hibernate but when it starts warming up, the bugs of spring and summer will begin to flock to your area. Check the caulking around your windows and doors, then fix any drafts or gaps with new weather stripping and caulking. Spray your outdoor perimeter windows, sinks, baseboards, and doors with a pesticide. There are specific options for creating an insect barrier, too: Ortho Home Defense and Raid Bug Barrier, are options for example. Be cautious if you have pets.
Simple, seasonal interior updates are key to making your home fit for summer, creating that feeling that winter is a world away. Update your space with lighter, brighter accessories. With this, your home will be best prepared and ready for the warmer months.