Did you know you should be preparing your house for summer each year, just as you do for winter? The extreme temperatures of summer and winter mean your house needs a little extra tender loving care to be ready to bring you comfort and keep the power bills reasonable all season long. If you are not already used to doing summer prep for your house, now is the time to get into the habit. Use this list of "must-do" activities, and when summer rolls around again, you will be sure your house is ready to sail through the season with ease.
1. Clean and Repair Your Window and Porch Screens
You're going to want to enjoy the nice, warm weather as much as possible during the summer. After a long, cold winter, letting some of the outdoors in is quite a luxury. Keeping your windows open and spending time on your screened porch (if you have one) is part of this.
Make sure your screens are ready. Clean off the dirt, dust, and debris collected on the screens since last summer. You can do this using a simple garden hose. Then, repair any holes in the screens by using a simple screen repair kit.
You can get a kit at any home repair store, and using it is a simple DIY project. Just follow the directions on the package, and you will be ready to enjoy the summer weather any time you like.
2. Tune Up Your Air Conditioning Unit
According to ConsumerEnergyCenter.org, you should make sure your air conditioner is in good working order before the summer season starts. This means changing the filters at the very least. Brand new filters will help your air conditioner run more efficiently.
Ideally, though, you should do more. Getting a professional to come out and service your air conditioning unit before the start of summer each year will ensure the unit is running properly and at maximum efficiency before you turn it on for the first time. Make an air conditioning maintenance call part of your annual summer readiness program, and you will enjoy lower power bills all season long.
If your air conditioner needs to be replaced, do it before it gets hot, or you'll wish you had. When replacing it, choose one that is Energy Star-certified by the government. This way, you'll be sure you are getting the best performance for the least amount of energy out of your new unit.
3. Get Your Sump Pump Serviced
The summer months mean increased storms in many areas of the United States. Daily rainstorms can mean a flooded basement or foundation issues if your sump pump isn't working at top performance levels. Months spent in freezing weather, sometimes covered in ice, can compromise the performance of sump pump systems.
According to Money.USNews.com, getting a generator for your sump pump is also a good idea, because it will keep it running in the case of power outages. The small amount of time and money you will pay to get a professional over to your house to check it out and make any needed repairs, and the cost of a generator, will be well worth it once it starts to rain regularly. Go to websites that specialize in sump pump systems in order to get more information.
The summer is always a fun and exciting time for everyone. You can finally get outside of the house again and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Just take a few simple steps to make sure your house is ready to take on the challenges of summer, and you will be able to get a full measure of enjoyment out of the season each year.