10 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Summer
Summer is finally here and that means entertaining with friends and family, pool parties, and BBQ’s. But wait, have you checked to make sure your A/C is working properly or that the pH levels in your pool are correct? Save on energy costs, stay cool, and keep your family and friends safe this summer with the following home maintenance tips.
1. Check Your Air Condition Unit
Replace dirty filters which can block airflow and cause the system to take longer to cool your home. Consider replacing the old manual thermostat to a new programmable one.
2. Check for Leaks
Windows and doors around your home may need additional caulking or weather stripping to ensure a tight seal. Have your duct work tested for leaks by a qualified contractor. Consider increasing your attic insulation to at least R-30.
3. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This is a good time to change out the batteries and make sure each unit is working properly and to give you peace of mind.
4. Install/Inspect Ceiling Fans
Installing ceiling fans to cool your home with out the A/C. Set the blades to spin counter-clockwise, which creates a cooling effect. Remodeling your home? You may want to consider installing a whole house fan in your attic, which draws cool air into your home through the windows while forcing hot air out through your attic vents.
5. Let in the Fresh Air
When the weather is not too hot, open up the windows and let the warm summer breeze drift throughout your home. Did you know that some houseplants could filter the air? Try adding some snake or spider plants, or peace lily’s in your kitchen and bathrooms.
6. Clean & Stock Your Refrigerator
Having a well-stocked fridge keeps it cooler longer when the door is open. Check the coils in the back and remove dust to ensure optimal cooling. Consider an ENERGY STAR® upgrade; refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer design can save you an additional 2-3% on your bill compared to a side-by-side design.
7. Check Your Irrigation System
Conservation water is so important right now for Californians. Have your sprinkler system checked for leaks and placed on a timer to water every other day. Consider replacing your lawn with drought resistant plants and give your home a boost in curb appeal! You may even be eligible for a rebate! socalwatersmart.com/index.php/qualifyingproducts/turfremoval
8. Keep Your Pool & Spa in Tiptop Shape
Monitor your pool’s pH levels to ensure no mold or bacteria growth. Clean filters regularly and reduce the operating time of filters and automated cleaning systems to 4-5 hours during off peak times.
9. Safety Check Backyard & Pool Area
Ensure the fencing, gates, and latches are all in working order. Inspect children’s play equipment for anything sharp, loose or hazardous.
10. Check the Perimeter
Look for potential tripping hazards, broken or burnt out bulbs, overgrown shrubbery and anything else that may need some attention or repair.
From My Home to Yours, Wishing You a Safe & Happy Summer!