How To Prep Your Home For the Summer Months
Piña colada in hand. Summer tunes blasting on the radio.
While you enjoy the warm evening breezes, keeping cool during the toasty months comes with bigger expenses. Keeping cool and comfy indoors can get pricey.
But this shouldn’t be the case.
When it comes to lowering your home’s temperature, you don’t need to choose between comfort and budget. A tweak in habits alone can make the world of a difference. Consider the following not-so-obvious tips:
- Open several windows and doors to allow cool air to flow freely. An oscillating fan usually does the trick. To up the ante on this DIY solution, place a damp towel below each doorway or place damp towels on the windowsills. Cap air conditioner use. Make sure that units are turned off when windows and doors are open.
- If you live in a warm, humid area, inviting outside air in isn’t exactly a good idea. In which case, leaving the air conditioning unit is a must. To keep cold air, be conscious about leaving and entering the house. You want to keep as much cool air as possible.
- Check for ventilation leaks around your windows and doors. Inspect your attic as well. It can really save you money. Leaks are very common in the HVAC system and are ignored till the problem is huge and costly.
- If you find a draft along your home’s perimeter, seal it with caulk immediately.
- While the sun is at its highest, shut insulated drapes closed. Do the same for shades around windows that receive direct sunlight. Consider planting trees and installing awnings around your home to create natural shade (and curb appeal!).
- Prep for the summer. Before the toasty season begins, clean your air conditioning unit. Wash and vacuum inner filters or replace it altogether with a new set. You may have missed out on clearing the unit’s exterior from leaves and other debris. If so, now is the best time to hose the accumulated dirt and grime with water.
- Have a professional inspection done. Make sure your air conditioning units are working at capacity.
- Fill your indoor space with bright accessories. Bring in lighter hues and take the outdoors to the indoors by filling your space with natural elements.
- Appliances and heat-producing devices are best placed away from the thermostat. They tend to cause higher temperature readings. Your airconditioning unit will run at a higher level than necessary.
- Heat isn’t the only thing you want to prevent. The summer months also bring in unwelcome guests – bugs. Some bugs and insects hibernate during the colder months while others migrate to warmer places to wait out the winter. The rest check-in at your home! Now is the time to engage the services of pest control. In addition to checking leaks and rundown caulking, set up insect barriers.
- Check your ceiling fan. Your ceiling fan should rotate differently depending on the season. During the summer months, your fan should rotate counter-clockwise to get a breeze going. For the winter, it should rotate clockwise so that heat that has risen is evenly distributed.
Still uncomfortably toasty? Consider buying a new air conditioning unit. Newer models are energy efficient. Always look for units with Blue Energy Star labels. These indicate that the appliance uses less electricity, saving you money in the long run.