When summer arrives, there are a lot of things to do to prepare yourself and your home. Protecting yourself from the extreme heat of summer is one of the most important things you can do. If you want to start getting your home ready for summer this year, here are seven tips to help you out.
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1. HVAC inspections
When outdoor temperatures skyrocket, you rely on your HVAC system to keep your home cool. Because of this, HVAC technicians recommend having your HVAC system inspected twice a year. Having your electric furnace and AC unit inspected before summer arrives means you don’t have to worry about HVAC problems during the summer and fall, so you can keep your home cool. Don’t stress if the inspection shows that your furnace needs to be replaced. The handy guide on hvacjudge will walk you through everything you need to know. It’s also the perfect time for new installations. Consider switching to a ceiling rather than an AC unit. A low ceiling fan is an option if you have height limits in your home.
2. Clean up your yard
Your yard is a huge part of your home, plus it’s where a lot of families hang out during the summer. Before summer arrives, take some time to do some pressure washing around your yard and clear usable space and make it look nice. You might also want to mow your lawn, pull weeds in the garden, and use a weed wacker to clean up small spots. It’s a simple way you can start getting your home ready for summer.
3. Check windows
During the summer, getting fresh air in your home is important. With summer around the corner, now is a good time to check your windows to make sure they’re all working. You should also clean your windows to prevent damage from a buildup of dirt. If your windows aren’t working, it’s time to have new windows installed. You may also want to upgrade to storm windows that are designed to keep more heat out.
4. Have your roof inspected
Roofing problems are a big deal if you don’t get them fixed right away, but it can be hard to know if you’ve got a leak when the rain stops. After the storm season is over, have your roof inspected to prepare for summer. Not only is it important to have your roof inspected by a tradesperson on a regular basis, but summer is also the best time to have your roof repaired or replaced.
5. Clean the deck
If your family is like most families, you spend a lot of time on the deck to cool off. Decks are a great place to set up some furniture and relax, but they can also take a serious beating during the cold, wet months. Now that summer is coming back around, inspect your deck for any major damage and make repairs as necessary. You can also paint or stain your deck to help protect it from UV rays and make your home look like new.
6. Touch up paint
Exterior paint is the first thing most people see when they see a home, so make sure your home’s paint looks great. You don’t have to paint every last inch of your house; simply touching up a few spots where the paint didn’t look so good will be a big help. If you do renovate your home, make sure you use good exterior paint.
7. Set up your patio
Nothing says summer like relaxing on the patio with a cold drink and food on the grill. If you’ve had all your patio furniture tucked away in the garage for the winter, now is the time to bring it back out and get your patio set up. If you don’t have patio furniture, this is the best time to invest.
Getting your home ready for the summer takes a bit of work, but there’s nothing like having your home ready for warmer weather. Before summer arrives, have your roofing and HVAC inspected, check your windows and paint, and get outdoor living areas set up.
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