Summer Home PreparationCredit:

The weather is beginning to get a bit warmer which means summer is almost here.  Summer-proofing your home early will not only prepare you for the potentially harsh conditions, but will save you money! The following are a few tips to help you get your home ready for summer – high temperatures, messy kids and all.

Inside your home…

  • Make sure your air conditioner is working at optimal efficiency by having your AC serviced before the first heat wave strikes. Sometimes it just needs a cleaning or new vent and other times it may need additional service, but fixing the problem before it becomes worse is a much more cost-effective solution. 
  • Now is the time to insulate.  If you’ve been putting off updating your insulation, now is the time to do it.  A properly insulated home can save hundreds of dollars on heating and air conditioning bills down the road.
  • Similarly, windows can let a lot of cold air out and hot air in if not up-to-date.  If you’ve been thinking about getting your windows replaced, you might think about doing it before the hot weather sets in.

Now on to the outside of your home…

  • Keep your lawn, plants and garden well watered.  Plants are able to soak up the most water at cooler times of the day, so consider setting your sprinklers to run at night or in the early morning.  If you are going out-of-town, be sure to have someone come to take care of your plants or you’ll be in for a shock when you get home and they’re scorched from the sunshine.
  • Bugs are out and about after a long winter, so be sure to hire a pest control company (or DIY) to spray around your home.  This is best to do prior to noticing that there is a problem, so make sure to put this on the top of your “get home ready for summer” to do list.
  • While summer storms are few and far between, they come on in an instant and you want to be prepared.  Make sure you have adequate sediment control devices in place on gutters and drains surrounding your home to avoid excess debris being washed from your landscape into the drainage system.