Prepare Your Home For Summer
The summer season is a time for fun under the sun. The heat that it brings is welcoming along with beaches, vacation, camp, and sunscreen. But the summer heat could also mean sweltering temperatures and that is why it is important to be prepared and know how you can beat the heat. Here are five things that you can do to make sure that you and your home are ready for summer.
Invest in a portable air conditioner. For those who don’t have a window type air conditioning unit and would like to stay cool during summer, a portable air conditioner might work for you. It is portable in the sense that it doesn’t have to be fixed in one location and you can move it to a different part of the house. Just make sure that the plastic piece for the exhaust hose is in place so the hot exhaust has somewhere to go. A portable air conditioner is also suitable for those who have one-window rooms and would like to be able to open the window instead of having it occupied by an air conditioning unit.
Check for ventilation leaks. Cooling your home will be pointless if there are leaks. Make sure that you check the insulation in and around your home to keep the cool air inside and the hot summer air out. Check your windows and doors and seal them with caulk. This is also the time to pay a visit to your attic as well as your basement and check the insulation. Move any objects that are blocking the vents so that air flows naturally. You should also look around pipes and ductwork for any leaks and should there be one, have it repaired right away.
Bug control. Bugs and pests tend to come out during the summer time. To keep your home bug and pest free, make sure that everything is sealed properly, from windows to doors and other openings. Checking for leaks is required here to keep critters from coming inside. If you’re already done checking for ventilation leaks then you’re already covered for bug leaks. Spray pesticide on your outdoor perimeter once you’re sure that everything is sealed. Just make sure that you keep the pesticides away from pets and little children. If you don’t like to use a chemical spray, you can make your own natural repellants for bugs and pests. And to keep them from getting in your house, you can install a screen door or install screens on your windows.
Prevent Water Damage
Prevent water damage. The summer season can also bring hurricanes and flooding. To keep water from damaging your home, check that your roof is in good condition and make sure that there are no cracks or leaks in your basement. Check your gutters as well to see if there are any leaks. Keep your gutters free from any debris by removing any leaves and other objects on it.
Stay cool. Guard against dehydration and keep yourself and your pets hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep you refreshed.
Get your air conditioning unit ready for the summer. Clean and test it early in the season. This will give you enough time to have it repaired if it has a problem or buy a new one. You can also opt to go natural and let the air inside your home by opening windows and doors. Keep the sun out of your house so that it will be cool when you come back. Do this by closing the blinds, shades or curtains around your home.
Don’t let the summer heat beat you, it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors. Wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. By preparing yourself and your home early, you’ll surely have an enjoyable summer.