How to Get Your Home Ready for the Summer

mow-your-lawn_480Just about everyone looks forward to the warm summer months. The weather leads to great outdoor parties and just a better quality of life in general. Sure, some days can be unbearably hot, but overall it is still most people’s favorite season.

However, before the fun starts, there are some preparations that need to be made in your home just like for the winter season. Being prepared and doing a few standard checks around your house can save you a lot of money on utilities throughout the summer and even prevent huge repair bills in some instances.

You don’t want to get stuck with a house that you can’t keep cool in the summer. That can be disastrous and very uncomfortable for you and your family. You also don’t want to have your house looking bad in the summer when everyone is out and about.

You should be sure to take great care of your home during the summer months to get the most out of the season. Here are some of the main things to do when you are preparing for the hot summer months ahead.

What to Check For

Air Conditioner – Having a functioning air conditioner is the best way to be adequately prepared for the hottest time of the year. This seems very obvious, but you would be surprised how many people neglect this and are left without a way to cool their home while they are waiting to get it fixed by a professional.

Each spring, there are a few simple things that you can check on your air conditioner before you turn it on for the first time. The first thing you should do is check to ensure that all of the filters in the unit are clean and will let clean air flow freely into the home.

It is also wise to make sure that no debris or trash has gotten into the external air conditioner unit that would cause it not to work properly. The air conditioner is definitely one of the first things that you should check out before its too late this summer.

Maintain Your Yard – Many homeowners put their yard as their primary source of pride when it comes to their home. The secret to having a great looking yard in the summer is preparing your yard to be great during the spring.

Everyone with a great looking lawn knows this to be true. Spring is the time when you should plant and prepare your flower beds and begin the process of preventing weeds and pests. If you have a garden or like to plant flowers as part of your landscaping it is best to understand what kinds of plants and flowers will grow best in the climate where you live.

This includes understanding what can be planted during the spring but will also bloom in the summer. You should also cut your lawn to its shortest height, earlier in the year before it gets too hot. Later in the summer, letting the grass grow longer will actually help protect it from the extreme heat.

garage-door-maintenance_480Check Your Garage Door – Your garage door is one of the aspects of your home that takes the toughest beating during the winter months. The last thing you want is for your car to get stuck in the garage because the door won’t open, making you late for work.

Be sure to go over the different components of your garage to make sure that the cold and wind of the winter have not taken their toll on your garage door system. It may be necessary to lubricate the hinges on your automatic door so that it doesn’t get stuck.

Also, go to the track and make sure that it is not bent in any spot so the door can stay on track when it is opening and closing. Also, replacing the weather stripping at the bottom of the door may also be something that is required.

This will help keep precipitation and debris out of your garage. It can even keep small rodents from getting into your garage and getting into your trash.

Inspect Insulation – Most people associate home insulation with something that keeps people warm in the winter. A properly insulated home can also go a long way towards keeping a home cool in the summer.

Spring is also a great time to have the insulation in your attic inspected by a professional in order to make sure that no hot air can get in. This is especially a problem in the attic of the home.

your-home-insulation_480One option is to apply spray insulation in places that may not be insulated properly and might be letting hot air in. If you don’t know how to check insulation yourself there are many companies that will come to your home and do it for free in order to ensure the safety of your home.

Windows – It is also important to ensure that your windows are sealing correctly. This will prevent hot air from getting in and help keep your utility bills lower throughout the summer.

These are just a few of the things that you should do each spring to alleviate any headaches when the summer comes. The more prepared that you are for the summer the more comfortable and enjoyable your home will be during the summer season. A cool home is a happy home and that is mostly up to you.

 

If you need help getting your HVAC system ready for the summer months ahead, please contact Priced Right Heating and Cooling, in Lenexa, KS and (913) 713-5911.