The climate emergency means that the weather will be more unpredictable and the summer months will be hotter and longer. Now more than ever, our homes need to be prepared for whatever havoc Mother Nature will bring, and that includes the warmer months. We may not be able to control how the weather, temperature, and climate will go, but we can prepare our homes so that we at least experience some form of comfort during the heat.
Spring is here, which means the warmer months are fast approaching. Here are some key tips for preparing your home for hot weather.
Make sure your home’s cooling systems are up to par.
How are your air conditioning (AC) units and electric fans doing? When was the last time you had them checked, cleaned, and repaired? Experts warn that rising temperatures may cause our AC units to become fire hazards if they’re not well-maintained. Consult with appliance repair experts to ensure that none of your cooling units are cleaned and maintained so that they can run as smoothly as possible during the summer.
While you’re at it, hire them to inspect your other appliances like refrigerators, furnaces, washers, and dryers, too. An all-around appliance repair and maintenance company can help you ensure that none of the appliances you use daily can cause fires.
Insulate your attic.
Thankfully, using your AC and electric fans is not the only way to cool down your home. You can also make upgrades to your home’s insulation, and you can start with the attic. This is because the attic is the place that drastically influences your home’s temperature. There is an added advantage to inspecting and upgrading your attic’s insulation, too: If there is an animal that winds up staying there for the winter, you can immediately arrange for its humane and safe removal.
Mind your roof and gutters.
Summer also comes with a lot of rainfall, so your home’s roof and gutters must be ready at all times. Make sure your gutters and roof are always free from debris, leaves, and other kinds of clutter since they are your first line of defense from an onslaught of rainwater. They must also be repaired or maintained so that they can direct water away and off your home. You can also check for leaks because leaving them unchecked can cause more costly repairs in the long run. Leaks on your roof can also cause mildew and mold, which can cause significant health problems for your home’s occupants.
Have your seasonal tools at the ready.
When summer comes, your entire property will need a host of tools to stay well-maintained. Your garden or yard will need your string trimmer and lawnmower, and you will also need to keep your lawn furniture as clean as possible, especially if you and your family plan to spend a lot of time outside.
If you’re thinking of doing a lot of family barbecues, springtime is also the best time to get your grill out and give it a good and thorough scrub. Make sure that there’s no food residue left on the ladder ball set or corn hole. It’s also a great time to spruce up your patio, deck, or sunroom to ensure that it’s a wonderful place for you, your family, and guests to spend some time together for the summer.
Inspect your outdoor plumbing.
If you live in a state with harsh winters, the first thing you need to do as soon as the threat of overnight freezing has passed is to ensure that your outdoor plumbing is still working. If little to no water comes out, that might signal that the cold winter has caused a problem with the pipes.
Until you can get a professional to address the issue for you, turn off the water to the outdoor plumbing. The last thing you want is to flood your basement, which can happen when water is left flowing in a burst pipe inside your walls. Checking your outdoor plumbing shouldn’t stop at the pipes, though—you should also inspect your hot tub, pool, and sprinkler system if there are any problems. Consider checking your garden hose as well to ensure that there are no damages and cracks.
- Clean and inspect your windows. Make sure none of your windows are broken
- Check the exteriors of your home to ensure that there are no hairline fractures or cracks.
- Assess the condition of your soil to check what it needs before you garden.
As the season changes, so do our home maintenance essentials. Stay abreast of your home’s needs as early as now so you and your family can enjoy the warmer months safely and conveniently.