School is out in most parts of the country and summer is
finally here! That means days of playing in the yard, swimming in the pool, and
fun in the sun. Spring is usually the season that we clear out the house and
get rid of everything we no longer need and start preparing for the warmer
seasons. Now that summer is upon us, we have a couple tips to make sure your
house in 100% prepared for hot weather.
Check your window screens. Screens can take a
beating during the snows of winters and winds of the spring. Are yours still in
good shape? Will they repel the mosquitos and other bugs that will try to
infiltrate your house during the summer? If not, repair or replace them so that
your home stays bug-free and clean.
Until it is too hot, use your windows as air
conditioning. While it may be tempting to switch on the AC as soon as the warm
days hit, it will be more cost effective to hold off until it is really hot to
start running it full blast. On cooler days, opening a couple windows and
letting a breeze in will keep the house comfortable and properly ventilated.
Before you really need it, check the air
conditioning system. If you have window units, clean the filters and test each
unit to make sure it is running properly. If you have an AC system, do a rest
run, clean the filters, and get it checked out by a professional if you have
concerns. In order to help circulate the cold air as the AC produces it, you
might want to think about putting ceiling fans in each room.
Get some yard work under your belt. Warmer
weather means lawns and gardens will need more attention. Water in the early
morning or after dark to help prevent your efforts from simply evaporating into
the atmosphere and going to waste.
Wash down your patio furniture. Over the fall,
winter, and spring, patio furniture can collect dust and bird droppings. Set
them out on the lawn or patio and give them a good spray down with the hose. If
youíre no longer loving the color of the paint, you can spend an afternoon repainting
them so they fit into this yearís summer colors.
Turn it off! If you arenít using it, turn it
off. Energy bills are characteristically more expensive in the summer, because
we are always running our fans and AC. If itís cool enough to give them a
break, or if you are leaving the house, donít be afraid to turn it off and save
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