13 Tips for summer home preparation

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Summer home preparation time is here. Get your home ready so you will be more prepared for the season.  You’ll have much more fun knowing that your home is doing its best for you. And the more fun you’ll have!

Preparing for summer, however, goes beyond bringing out your sunscreen and summer hats. It’s also important to get your home ready for the season. 

An all-around approach when preparing for the hot season not only ensures energy efficiency but also saves you from seasonal allergies and dust. Additionally, it guarantees the safety of everyone on the property.

Some of the things you should do to for summer home preparation include:

1. Changing Air Filters

You’ll be cranking up the AC all summer hence the need to ensure it’s working efficiently before the temperatures get insanely high. However, the AC won’t be efficient if the air filters are dirty.

Clogged air filters not only increase the work of the AC in maintaining ideal indoor temperatures but also affect the air quality. Consequently, the harder the AC has to work in maintaining the set temperature, the higher the energy consumption. Therefore, change air filters at the beginning of summer and clean the coils too.

Seasonal allergies are also common in summer. Clean air filters can keep them at bay. Ideally, air filters should be changed every 90 days but this will also depend on the kind of filter you have.

2. Smart Landscaping

A lush green yard in summer and a garden bursting with vibrant colors beckon you to spend time outdoors. Such a landscape won’t appear magically though. On the other hand, it doesn’t take much to achieve that.

Do your summer home preparation with smart landscaping is the best option in this case. It focuses on more than just making sure your yard looks spectacular. The emphasis is on utilizing the components of the property to achieve the desired goals. 

Planting enough leafy trees near the windows to limit the amount of heat that is transferred into the house is a good example of smart landscaping. Also, the strategic planting of green shrubs on the property achieves the same goal.

There are several types of landscaping that are considered “smart.”

Fire-smart landscaping includes two important features:

1.  Planning

Planning involves creating defensible spaces which are areas intentionally planned and maintained to reduce the danger of fire.  Defensible space also allows firefighters plenty of room to stop embers and spot fires before they catch on and spread.

2.  Maintenance

When you’re maintaining your new landscape it will be important to keep it trimmed and orderly.  Be sure to hydrate and mulch as well.  Your goal will be to grow an earth-friendly garden while increasing the odds that your garden will survive a wildfire to protect your home.

Doing summer home preparation to keep fires from ruining your life are a good way to spend some time this season.

Eco-Friendly Landscaping, also called green, sustainable or eco-landscaping, can be considered smart landscaping.  Conservation is the feature of this type of smart landscaping.

To maintain a eco-friendly landscaping you’ll want to focus on xeriscaping.  Xeriscaping is something many Pacifican’s are familiar with.  Basically, it refers to a landscaping practice that focuses on surviving drought. Other features to eco-friendly landscaping include:  native plants, using ground cover over grass, using mulch, composting, and reusable materials.

Water-smart landscaping is another important focus in any areas plagued by prolonged drought. The more grass that is replaced with water-smart landscaping, the more secure we can make our water supply.

3. Seal any leaks

Summer home preparation can rejuvenate your house after a harsh winter.  It can easily cause various parts of your house to deteriorate. A detailed inspection of the house for leaks after winter is important. Any leaks found should be sealed off immediately.

In addition, routine home maintenance and assessments are highly recommended also in case some leaks were missed in spring. Cracks or crevices around the windows/doors allow leakage of hot air from outside into the house. Caulking these areas prevents such a scenario. Consequently, it also ensures there is no loss of cold air to the outside environment which would make the air conditioner work even harder in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. 

4. Clean gutters

Gutters are likely to clog after the windy, stormy weather of winter. If you didn’t clean your gutters in spring ensure that you do it in summer. The dry, bright days of summer allow you to see the nooks and crannies of your gutters to get all the dust and debris out. Additionally, days are longer in summer giving you more than enough time to clean up. The longer you let mud and debris sit in the gutters the harder it is to get it off. Also, clogged gutters will eventually cause water damage to the roof and walls. So add this to your summer home preparation list!

11. Clean the refrigerator

Clean your refrigerator at the beginning of summer to make it ready for chilling drinks and storing your favorite summer snacks/foods. Refrigerator condensing coils full of ice or dust increase energy usage which translates to high energy bills. Additionally, this affects the efficiency of your refrigerator. It only takes a few hours to half a day to clean a refrigerator if not less.

12. Smart door techniques

If you have children there is a high possibility that you are always yelling at them to keep doors and windows closed to prevent cold air from escaping outside when the AC is on.

Open doors or windows leak out a big percentage of cold air making the AC work extra hard to maintain the set temperature. Nevertheless, it is more efficient to install smart doors that automatically close the doors after a couple of seconds of no activity. Given the number of hours the AC runs in summer, smart doors are a great energy-saving technique.

13. Deep clean

Spring cleaning is highly recommended after a cold and gray winter but not everyone manages to tick it off their to-do list in spring. If you are one of these people then summer is your second chance to get it done.

Sunny and bright summer days bring to light the dusty areas that remained hidden in cold weather. Thus, it is the best time to vacuum every part of the house as well as wash your curtains and blinds. Additionally dust off the light fixtures, windows, and the dryer vent. Don’t forget to disinfect surfaces and hardware  like doorknobs around the house as well.

Don’t fret if you haven’t done much in preparing your home for summer just yet. However, set aside two to three days to get everything done as soon as possible. Finishing the tasks early gives you ample time to have fun in the summer. Additionally, you are less likely to deal with major repairs or inconveniences if you take preventative measures early in the season.

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