How to prepare your home for summer

Summer is just around the corner! Are you ready for it? Even if you’re prepared for the coming heat wave, it does good to ensure your home is prepared as well. Preparing your home helps you to stay cool and comfortable on days you’re not out enjoying the sunshine. No matter where you are spending your summer, these tips will help you save money and destress. Don’t bring the stress of a costly maintenance bill into summer.

 

Air Conditioning – First on our list is properly servicing your air conditioning system. Nothing is worse than a broken AC on a hot, humid Minnesota summer day. To be certain it’s operating at maximum efficiency, make sure to:

  • Clean or replace the air filters. Dirt in your filter stops cool air from flowing properly. 
  • Check the refrigerant level. Every AC unit is different, but here are the basic steps. Ensure your AC unit is fully shut down and remove the cover. Locate the pressure gauge, often located on the side of the unit. Most of the time, the refrigerant level will be displayed on the gauge. If the level is low or high, contact a professional for needed repairs.
  • Clear leaves, twigs, and other potential obstructions from the outside portion of your AC system. Doing so helps to avoid damage to the system if debris were to be pulled into the unit.

 

Adjust Your Ceiling FansFun Fact: Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise in the summer! Instead of pulling cool air upward, this change pushes air back into the room. This will assist your AC system in cooling your home, and save you money on summer energy costs.

 

Assess Your WindowsYou don’t have to get new windows to increase the energy efficiency of your home! In older homes, the windows are often less capable of maintaining temperature. A few ways to upgrade your windows without replacing them are:

  • Utilize weather stripping. This specialized vinyl-coated foam tape is used to seal gaps around windows, preventing cool air from escaping. Sealing gaps around windows can make a significant difference.
  • Block the sun from your windows. Reflective window film or a blackout curtain are your best options, but any curtain or window covering will help block heat from the sun. 
  • Recaulk windows shut. This option is more permanent but is effective for old windows. If air keeps escaping your home even with weather stripping, it may be time to look into recaulking. 

 

Check Your Roof and GuttersThe roof over your head staying well-maintained is key to keeping your home dry. The summer months often bring storms and rain, so be sure your home is ready to weather a storm. Before the next rain:

  • Inspect your roof for damage. Cracked tiles or shingles may be a sign your rooftop is not fully protecting your home.
  • Clean your gutters. Removing any remaining debris from spring and winter prevents water damage and discourages any critters looking to make a home in your gutters. 

 

Prepare for Pests – Summer season is mosquito season, but those aren’t the only unwelcome guests. Ants and termites can also tag along in the summer months. Discourage unwanted visits:

  • Inspect your home’s exterior for cracks. Seal any you find to decrease pathways.
  • Keep food sealed. If the pests can’t find food, they have no reason to stay. Clean your kitchen regularly along and remove any food waste quickly. 
  • Consider hiring a pest control service if no other methods are working. No shame in it, no one likes to live with bugs. 

 

Check-In on Any Outdoor Spaces – Have a patio or deck? Be sure you can enjoy it:

  • Inspect your outdoor furniture for wear and tear.
  • If you don’t have one already, consider adding an umbrella for shade.
  • Reset any outdoor lighting. Check that it is in working condition.
  • Repair any damage done to your landscaping from the winter. 

 

Adjust Your Water Heater – Save yourself some money! In the summer months, the water entering your water heater is warmer. As a result, you can turn down the temperature and save on energy costs. An energy-efficient win! 

 

Preparing your home for summer helps you and your pockets stay comfortable. Stay cool and save money with our tips above. Summer’s soon to be in full swing, and we here at House Help wish you the absolute best with any of your summer plans.

At House Help MN we understand the importance of a home and how big of a decision it is when it comes to buying or selling, and that not every situation is the same. That is why we follow a strict code of ethics and are transparent with everything we do. With 20 years in the real estate industry, we will walk you through multiple options and help you every step of the way. We will find a solution that is right for you and make the process quick and as easy as possible.

 

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