Once your spring cleaning chores are over with, you probably think it is time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warmer weather. Not so fast-there are certain things you must do in order to “summer proof” your home. Use this checklist to ensure you are well prepared for the blustery dog days of summer that lie ahead.
Have your Air Conditioner Serviced
Your air conditioner will be working overtime to keep you cool, so now is the time to have it cleaned and serviced. A professional inspection allows you to address problems early on to avoid a breakdown on one of the hottest summer days. Following a cleaning, your unit will also operate more efficiently. Aside from having a technician look at your system, you should also:
- Change your filters-consider upgrading to HEPA filters if you are bothered by seasonal allergies.
- Vacuum your cold air return vent as well as any floor vents.
- Check the seal around your floor openings and replace any vents that do not fit snugly.
- Pull weeds and trim bushes from around your outdoor unit, ensuring a three-foot area is clear all around it.
Inspect Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures
Remove any winter covers from outdoor spigots and check for leaks. Inspect plumbing lines around your faucets for cracks, holes, or other signs of damage. Pay attention to whether or not there is standing water anywhere in your yard, as this would indicate that a pipe has burst underground. If you have a swimming pool, hot tub, or lawn sprinkler system, run your equipment through a few cycles to see that there are no leaks and that everything is working the way it should be.
Clean and Repair Windows
You’ll probably have your windows open more often during the summer, which is why part of summer-proofing your home should involve cleaning them inside and out. While you’re at it, check the condition of your screens and repair or replace them as needed. Spritz your hardware with a light coat of lubricant to keep all your working parts operating smoothly.
You’ll feel more comfortable opening your windows if they are covered with film. Not only do tinted windows provide more privacy, but they will also shield you from the harsh afternoon sun. You’ll notice a reduction in cooling costs, and as an added bonus your furniture, carpet, and drapes will be protected from fading as well.
A few other things that will ensure you are ready for summer are:
- Dusting your ceiling fans and rotating the blades so they turn counterclockwise.
- Changing bulbs in your outdoor lighting fixtures.
- Deep cleaning your barbeque grill.
- Power washing patio furniture and repairing rust damage.
- Scrubbing the ceiling, walls, and floors of an enclosed porch or carport.
- Weeding and mulching flower beds.
When your home is in tip-top condition, you are more likely to have a safe, memorable summer. Don’t wait-act now in order to get everything accomplished and you will have earned the right to kick back and enjoy yourself a little.