Prepping Your Home for the Summer Season
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it is a good idea to start prepping your home to ensure you and your family can make the most of the summer months without having to worry about things going wrong around your property or without being too uncomfortable to enjoy the season.
With that in mind, here are some of the best things you can do to prep your home for summer right now:
Paint the exterior of your home
If you have been thinking about giving your home a facelift, then this is the perfect time of year to do so because it tends to be a whole lot warmer and less rainy at this time of year, and of course, you will probably be spending a lot of time outdoors when the summer comes along. Having a nice-looking house will make your time spent in the yard much more pleasant.
Get your HVAC system serviced
Before summer, it is a good idea to call a local HVAC company to check over your unit and ensure it is in good working condition. The last thing you want is for summer to roll around and you to be left without any air conditioning due to a problem with your HVAC system, so avoid that and book a service today.
If you do not book to have your HVAC system serviced, you should, at the very least, take the time to change the filter. If the filter is clogged, your system will not work very efficiently, and you will not be able to enjoy the cool temperatures you want to enjoy in the summer. You might end up paying higher energy bills as a result.
Clean the windows
Your windows are an important part of your home. Not only are they great for letting fresh air in on those warm days when a breeze is just what you need, but they will also enable you to enjoy the summer views outdoors, from flowers in full bloom to birds, bees, and butterflies making the most of the sunny weather, and enjoy the sun getting into your home when it is bright out too, which is always a nice thing.
Now is the ideal time to give them a thorough cleaning. Use a squeegee with a mix of water and white vinegar to remove dirt, debris, and even soot if you have a fireplace. That way, your view will be unimpeded when indoors this summer.
Clean the grill
Chances are you have not used your gas grill much since last summer. If that is the case, now is the perfect time to give that grill a spring clean ahead of this summer grilling season. A wire brush with a bucket of warm soapy water and a good helping of elbow grease should eliminate most of the debris your grill has attracted.
Switch out your wardrobe
You will probably want to switch your warmer clothing for cooler clothing like camis, shorts, and summer dresses. Now you can buy vacuum-sealed storage bags that minimize the space your cool-weather clothes take up. They also protect clothes from dust, debris, moths, and other pests that could ruin their condition. At the same time, they are safely packed away until the seasons change again.
Revamp the deck
If you have decking on your property, give it some TLC before the summer season hits since you will spend a lot of time out there. If the decking is in pretty good shape, then simply applying a new layer of waterproof sealant will be enough to keep it in a good state of repair. Update it by sanding it, restaining it, and then sealing it will have it looking good in no time for the summer season.
Tidy up the garden
Chances are your garden requires a good tidy-up to get it ready for the summer. Rake any leaves then add them to your compost pile, or burn them. Prune any shrubs and trees that have become overgrown. Pull up weeds and seed any bald patches on the lawn.
If the lawn is overgrown, take the time to mow it. You might also want to plant some flowers or herbs so that when you spend more time in the yard this summer, you will enjoy lots of pretty sights and smells.
Take care of the driveway
Of course, your driveway may also need some TLC ahead of the summer. Right now, it’s spring, which means weeds will be starting to take root. Many of them love to grow in the cracks you find in driveway paving, so systematically go over the drive, plucking out any weeds and using a pet-safe weedkiller to prevent any more from popping up. Now might be the ideal time to deal with those cracks in the drive, sealing them with a specialist sealant so that your driveway looks and stays flawless this summer.
Clean the fridge and freezer
When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge and freezer? If you have not done this recently, you should do so ahead of summer because, in the summer months, you are more likely to want to use the fridge and freezer for ice, frozen cocktails, storing fresh strawberries, and things of that nature. The cleaner and more organized the fridge is, the easier your life in the summer will be.
Turn the ceiling fan backward
Turning your ceiling fan counterclockwise will ensure that you maximize its cooling abilities and are better able to keep your home cool in the hot summer months. While doing that, it would be a good idea to dust and clean it so that, when you turn it on, it does not end up sending dust and debris flying around the home, which can cause allergies.
Do any roof repairs on your home
Many people think that the roof does not need much attention in the warm summer months when it is less likely to rain, but actually, the heat of the sun can cause things like cracks in the roof to become worse, so it is always a good idea to get up there and make any repairs in the spring. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for or aren’t confident on the roof, call a local roofing company to do it for you. The sooner you fix roof repairs, the cheaper those repairs are likely to be, and more importantly, the safer your home will be.
Getting your home ready for summer before the summer will ensure you and your family can make the most of many people’s favorite season, without worrying. So, why not make a start on these tasks today? The sooner you prep your home, the sooner you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fun and sun when it finally arrives.
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Indeed, filter replacement is an essential part of HVAC system maintenance. Professionals recommend doing this once every 60-90 days, depending on the filter type and home conditions. If you have pets, you may need to do this more often.