The cold winter is over, the spring storms have all played out, and now it’s time for a bit of sunshine. Summer is a great season for a whole host of reasons, but without proper preparation, it can become a hot, sticky, and uncomfortable time.
It’s well worth spending a little time getting your home summer-ready in order to fully enjoy the season in comfort. So, check out the following 7 summer vitals that’ll ensure your sunny season gets off to a great start and stays great.
Inspect the AC
For many homeowners, AC is vital during summer, and with systems running 24/7 in some areas, it’s wise to make sure yours is up for the job before the heat really strikes. Before giving it a test ride, strip it down and give it a good clean, paying close attention to the filters. Remove any dust from inside to prevent undesirable particles being circulated around your home.
If it’s in need of a service, don’t delay and have it checked out as soon as possible, as many AC maintenance companies will get increasingly busier as things begin to heat up. With annual maintenance and regular cleaning of the filters, your unit will run far more efficiently, saving you money while keeping you cool.
Get Smart About Cooling
Besides maintaining the actual AC unit itself, there are other ways you can ensure you’re making the most out of it. Smart thermostats are a great way to save money and ensure your home is at the optimum temperature at all times. Controlled by voice or cell phone, most models can be set on a timer, or switched off and on remotely at any time. So, instead of leaving it on all day when you’re not home, you can set it to kick in an hour before you return — a great way to save money.
Beat the Bugs
Love summer, but can’t stand the bugs that come with it? Fortunately, there are a great many ways to keep the bugs at bay. You’ll no longer need to rely on smothering yourself in repellent, instead, fit a few mosquito repelling light bulbs around the home and garden. These non-toxic bulbs are only dangerous to bugs, meaning your skin is safe for another year. For other bugs, think about fitting window screens, vent filters, or mesh curtains in your external door frames.
Prepare for Allergies
For many people, summer is the worst time for their allergies. There’s typically more pollen and dust in the dry air, which can mean you spend most of the sunny season coughing and sneezing, rather than relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.
The good news is that you can now install smart air monitoring devices within your home, allowing you to check the quality of the air you’re breathing at any time. Most models check humidity, temperature, CO2, and dust levels as standard, while others will also monitor the pollen count.
Get Busy in the Garden
Great weather means spending more time outside, so be sure your yard is ready! Before it gets too hot, it’s worth taking care of general maintenance and cleaning, such as cutting the grass, repairing the fence, or painting the doors or window frames. It’s also a good idea to check that your gutters are clean and fully functional.
You might also consider making your outdoor space more habitable, by installing decking, a patio or even an outdoor kitchen. Whatever you do, try to transform your yard into a place where you love to hang out.
Let the Light in
During winter months, windows tend to get a little dirty. When the rain dries, dust and pollution can often be left behind, while pollen can also stick. So, clean both the outside and inside of your windows to encourage the sunshine in. While you’re there, think about swapping out heavier drapes and curtains, for something a little lighter.
While there are a lot of things to love about summer, it does bring about its own risks. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if needed. There’s a higher risk of fire as electrical equipment can overheat, so be sure your alarms and detectors are fully functional. Also, check that your grill is clean and safe to use before barbecue season gets into full swing.