Every year, we experience warm weather because of summer, of course. And every year, our homes must withstand the heat to keep us safe and comfortable. But just like everything else, houses and the people who reside in them tend to crack under pressure. In this case, heat from the sun and warm weather slowly deteriorates homes and makes our lives miserable. To prevent this, here are some useful tips on how to prepare your home for the warm weather.
If you already have an air-conditioning unit, make sure you check it before summer arrives. Have a specialist take a look and make the necessary repairs if needed. Even if there is no damage, you should have your AC unit checked regularly for cleaning and maintenance and if the HVAC filters need to be replaced.
If you don’t have an AC unit and want to invest in one, make sure you take note of the energy efficiency ratio or EER rating located on the Energy Guide label. The higher the rating, the more efficient it is. That means that you should purchase an AC unit with a 12 or higher rating. Also, look for one with an Energy Star label, an indication that the appliance is safe for the environment.
Invest in ceiling fans. Use it when it’s not that hot or when you wish to give your AC unit a rest. But do you know that you can use an AC unit and ceiling fan at the same time? They work together in keeping a room cool. Hot air rises even if you have your AC on. Ceiling fans pushes the hot air back for the AC to cool it down. If you’re buying a ceiling fan, make sure it has a high Energy Star rating. Also, change the direction of the blades. The blade should move counter-clockwise during summer to help air circulate.
As a simple tip for AC users, check all the windows for holes or leaks where cold air may get out and hot air may get in.
Other things to cross out from your summer maintenance list include the following:
1. Check for Moisture
Go around your house and feel the exterior of the walls. Is it wet? Do you feel moisture? If yes, check if your sprinkler system is the culprit. Then check if there is mulch touching the walls. Moisture from the mulch can pass to the siding of the walls.
2. Roof Maintenance
It may seem harsh to have someone get up on the roof right when it’s starting to get hot but this may be the perfect time to check it. Don’t wait until the rainy season to get on your roof. Inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles and fix them at once. From the inside, check the ceiling for leak stains and use them to determine where the roof needs fixing. Also, check the gutters for any clogs.
3. Use Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Replace heat-emitting incandescent bulbs with CFLs. If possible, turn off the light always.
4. Check Your Screens
Summer brings about numerous pests and insects. Keep them at bay by repairing holes on your window and door screens.
5. Install Blinds
Blinds or curtains keep heat from entering your home, especially during the hotter moments of the day. At night, you can open them to let the colder air in.
6. Plant Trees
If you would rather not use blinds so light can still get in, plants situated just outside your window will help lessen the heat that comes through.