Now is the time of year when the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. That can only mean one thing: it's time to start planning for summer!
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If you're like most people, you likely want to be outside as much as possible when the weather is nice. But until you can do that, you must get your house ready for the summer.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Check Your Cooling System
Before the weather gets hot, it's a good idea to have a professional check out your air conditioner. This way, you'll know for sure that it's in good shape and will be able to keep your home comfortable all summer long.
Check Your Doors And Windows
Make sure all of your doors and windows are properly sealed to keep the hot air outside from coming in. Use caulk or weatherstripping to fill in any holes or cracks.
Get Your Gutters Cleaned
Your gutters and downspouts can get clogged when leaves and other things get stuck in them. Water damage to your home's foundation is one problem that can come from clogged gutters. So, before it starts to rain, take a bit of time to clean them out.
Remove Any Pools Of Water
Standing water is a good place for mosquitoes and other pests to grow, so it's important to get rid of it as soon as possible. If your yard has any puddles, fill them with dirt or sand. And if you have a pool, remember to keep it clean and use the right amount of chlorine.
Trees And Bushes Need To Be Trimmed
Trees and bushes that are too big can block the sun from coming into your home, making it harder to stay cool. So, cut them back so light and air can get in.
Set Up Your Furniture Outside
Now would be the time to clean and get ready to use any outdoor furniture you have. First, wash it to get rid of any dirt or mildew, and make sure it doesn't have any tears or holes. Also, if you have metal furniture, put a new coat of paint on it to protect it from the weather. You may also want to think about pool installation services to really get your outdoor space ready.
Get Some Sunshades Up
Shades or awnings that block the hot sun can help keep your home cooler. They are also a great way to save money on energy because you won't have to use your air conditioner as much.
Put Some Plants In Pots
Not only do potted plants look nice, but they can also help to keep your house cooler. Put them on your porch or pergola to provide natural shade and cooler air around you.
Use Energy In A Smart Way
You can use less energy in the summer by setting your thermostat a few points higher, using fans rather than air conditioning and opening your bedroom windows to let in the cooler night air.
By using these tips, you can get your home ready for summer and make the most of the warmer weather.