Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to Go About Getting Your Home Ready for the Summer

Summer is coming and if you’re not into spring cleaning that means you have a lot to do! If you stay on top of household chores then good for you; that probably means you won’t have a lot of cleaning and preparing for the summer. However, even if you feel you have stayed on top of the chores and maintenance in your home, there are probably a few things you have forgotten. There are plenty of ways you can get your home ready for the summer not only to be prepared for company when they come and visit, but also to make sure everything is working as efficiently as possible in your home.



Spruce up your yard
Is your yard in dire need of some improvements? Perhaps you have bark in your yard, but instead, you’d rather have landscaping rocks. Nothing looks better at a home than a clean, fresh new look in your yard. Landscaping rocks and flowers go beautifully together and can transform a yard into something attractive and fresh.

Get your A/C tuned up
It’s a good idea to hire a professional to tune up your air conditioning unit(s) annually. That way your A/C won’t go out when summer is here. A professional can look for potential issues such as damage or leaks and make sure everything is running correctly.

Clean your fans
Be careful if you have allergies not to get dust all over yourself, but if you’re able cleaning your fans is another activity you should do before summer hits. Clean portable fans and ceiling fans to get rid of dust and make fans more efficient. Don’t forget to turn off any fans when they’re not in use.

Check your outlets
Do you have outlets outdoors? Most homes have them, and it’s a good idea to check all of your outdoor outlets to make sure everything is working properly. That way when you have that pool party, and you want to plug in an old boom box you’ll be all set!

Get your pool ready for the summer
For most families getting their pool ready for the summer is a priority, especially if you live in a hot state like Arizona, and you want to cool off. To implement the maintenance, you need to check the pH balance of your pool and chemical levels to make sure everything is correct. The pool water balance is important because it’ll protect your little swimmers and pool equipment as well.

Programmable thermostats lower energy costs
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you should definitely consider getting one. Why? It’ll not only help you save money, but it’ll keep you and your family more comfortable and give you more control. Usually, programmable thermostats help lower energy costs by making sure your cooling system isn’t running all of the time.

Change your winter curtains to summer curtains
If you used heavy curtains over the winter now is the time to switch them to something more lightweight. Window tinting and plants can help with shade coverage if you need more shade near the sunny areas in your home.

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