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Get Your Home Summer Ready Now Before It’s TOO HOT
Finally, the weather is getting warmer and you are shedding those down coats. Now is a great time to start thinking about summer and getting your home prepared. Paying attention to a few maintenance items can alleviate painful repairs later on if you wait too long. The line ahead of you will build as the summer rush starts. So, let’s not wait.
Check your roof (hire the expert to perform this inspection)
Our winter was a rough one, you definitely want to check your roof to make sure it hasn’t been compromised. A summer rainstorm could provide a not-so-fun surprise leak over the newly purchased couch dining table bedroom set.
Check for misaligned, cracked or missing shingles, all of which can let water seep in, also check flashing (those metal pieces where the shingles meet places like your chimney) for rust and inspect the caulk around pipes or skylights to be sure it hasn’t cracked. Take a look at the chimney. If it’s masonry, inspect the joints between bricks or stones for pieces that have fallen out or have vegetation growing in them. Both could be signs of water problems
Get your air conditioning serviced … find that most reputable HVAC. it’s the right temperature to check the system as well as the wall and window air conditioners.
If you don’t Here’s what’s going to happen: There’s going to be a scorching heat wave causing everyone to flip on their air conditioning at the same time as you turn on your A/C it will not work, warm air just blows thru. And neither will the air conditioning units of numerous other people, all of whom will be calling for immediate service at the same time.
Do you really want to wait several days if not more, all sweaty and angry for a repairman to come and provide some relief? Do yourself a favor and schedule a servicing now so you’re good to go when the temperature rises.
Check your sprinklers
If it’s been months since you’ve used your sprinklers, you just don’t know if they’re still in good shape. Wait until the warm weather arrives and you could have a situation on your hands similar to the A/C conundrum. Check them now so that if you need a fix or an adjustment, you can schedule it well in advance.
Check for Air Leaks and Drafts
Did you check for leaks in the winter? You’re probably good to go, but, then again, it wouldn’t hurt to do another check. After all, leaks are quite literally sucking the air out of your home, and dollars are going with it.
Take the time to make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated and you will lower your total energy usage. Similarly insulating your attic and walls and seal cracks and openings will prevent warm air from leaking into your home. When your home is sealed properly, there is less chance of your cool air escaping. Your system will run less often, while keeping you just as cool and comfortable a provide cost savings experts say between 10–20%.
Spring for a new fan
If you don’t have ceiling fans in key areas of your home, it might be time to add them. Fans can make the room feel more comfortable, so your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard, thus saving you money. If you’re staying away because you don’t like the way fans look, it might be time to take another look, as more modern and streamlined options are readily available today.
Don’t ignore your fireplace
Once the temperatures rise and your fireplace is off limits for the season you need to close the damper, or you’re just letting hot air into your home, which will make it much harder to keep cool.
Change out your window coverings
You can freshen up your space by changing to lighter materials that bring he sunlight into the rooms. As warmer weather becomes the norm, and we’ve been in our homes all winter, update windows to reflect the light, airy mood of the upcoming summer days Change out the dark curtains with lighter fabrics to take advantage of the added daylight and brighten up the room.
While you’re addressing your windows, take a look around to make sure you don’t have any unwanted friends hanging around. To keep the creepy crawlies out of your home when you let spring fresh from outside air in, do a thorough inspection of your window screens and look for any tears or holes requiring repair. This is also a good time to clean exterior of your windows of the dirt and grime and buildup of winter.