Summer is coming, and before it gets too unbearably hot, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home. During the summer, days are longer and the sun bears down on our homes much longer. Heat and humidity affect both our house and bodies, and if you’re not prepared, you’ll find yourself baking in the muggy conditions.
Here are a few steps you can take to prepare your home for the summer. This extends the life of your house, increases resale value, and saves you energy. Don’t let summer start without performing these three steps.
1. Check Insulation and Ventilation
Your air conditioner has to work harder when your home has temperature leaks. As the sun heats the outside, you want a layer of insulation to avoid your house becoming an oven inside. The ceiling and attic can often be forgotten and should be the first place you check. If you have a garage, the garage door is another.
Ripped and loose ductwork, along with clogs, can wreak havoc on your A/C unit as well. Use a duster and handheld vacuum to clean these areas and ensure proper air flow throughout your house. With a well insulated and vented home, you’ll remain comfortable while spending much less on climate control bills.
2. Repair/Replace Your Roof
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s the only thing saving you from rain, snow, hail, wind, and the intense heat of the sun. Over time, your roof’s quality will degrade, especially when accidents happen. Every summer, it’s necessary to get on your roof to check for problems and necessary replacements.
If you’re not comfortable climbing up on your roof, don’t hesitate to call an expert. We have experienced techs that can get up there, takes pictures, and perform an estimate so you know the exact health of your roof and how long you have before it becomes a problem.
In fact, we don’t skimp on materials, and our steel roofs rarely need much more than a cleaning. The repairs we typically perform are on our competitor’s roofs.
3. Seal Windows and Doors
Once you have the foundation covered, the last area you should focus your attention on is the small air leaks around windows and doors. Weatherstripping and caulk go a long way in filling and sealing any cracks, holes, and other leaks. Also consider tinting windows, double-pane glass, and using blackout curtains to maintain an ideal indoor climate.
Also check areas where plumbing, exhaust, and electrical wires are entering and exiting the home. Sealing these air leaks greatly improves your air conditioning efficiency, increasing your comfort indoors without breaking the bank.
Consider adding or repairing the paint and siding on the outside of your home to add a further layer of protection from the sun’s heat.
Summertime is associated with fun in the sun, beaches, and vacations. When temperatures warm up, we come out of hibernation with a ton of energy. But we need a safe place to come home to at night. With these three steps, you can sleep easy knowing your home will remain in the exact condition you left it in.