The days of winter are long gone and spring is quickly coming to an end. What does that mean? Summer is right around the corner, and it’s time for seasonal maintenance around your home! Get your house ready for the season by following these tips:
Prepare the ceiling fans.
Because you probably changed the direction of your ceiling fan for the winter, it’s time to switch the blades back as you head into the warmer months. How can you check to see if your blades are set correctly for summer? Ceiling fans should rotate counterclockwise during the summer to push force cool air downwards and reduce the need for your air conditioner. Turn on your ceiling fan and if the blades are rotating in the wrong direction, turn the fan off and grab a stool. Find the switch near the fan’s motor and flip it to reverse the direction of the blades.
Adjust your sprinklers.
During the summer, it’s best to water your lawn in the evenings or early morning when the sun’s rays are not as powerful. Check your sprinkler settings and make sure that they’re set to turn on during these times. While you’re at it, use this time to check the positioning of your sprinklers. Turn the system on and pay attention to where the water hits. If you notice that the water is spraying on any concrete sidewalks, walls or your driveway, adjust the sprinkler heads so you don’t waste any water.
Check your air conditioner.
When the summer heat hits, you’ll rely heavily on air conditioning to keep your home comfortable. Before it’s officially summer, check your air conditioning system to make sure everything is in working order. Replace the filter to ensure that you won’t be breathing in dirty air throughout the summer, and to increase the efficiency of the air conditioner. Then, double check that all vents and exhausts are clear of debris that could block the flow of cool air through your home. After you’ve completed these two steps, turn on your air conditioning and walk through your home to see if the unit is working properly and supplying cold air evenly in each room.
Bug-proof your home.
Summer means more sunshine, warmer temperatures and unfortunately, a bug invasion. But, there are steps that you can take to make sure that bugs don’t make their way into your home. Check the condition of your caulking around doors and windows. If you have any cracks in the caulking, it’s best to remove it and re-apply it to completely seal it shut, otherwise bugs may find a way to sneak in. After you’ve made this repair, spray a pesticide around the perimeter of your home which will prevent bugs from coming anywhere near where you live.
Inspect the roof.
In many areas, summer can mean heavy rainfall and extreme temperatures, two weather conditions that can wreck havoc on your roof. Before it begins, see how your roof is holding up. Look for signs of damage such as missing or curling shingles that indicate your roof needs repair. Be sure to call a roofing professional before summer starts, otherwise your home could suffer from leaks and water damage over the next few months.
Follow these tips and your home will be ready for the hot summer months ahead!