1. Prepare Your Home for Summer by Servicing the Air Conditioning
To prepare your home for summer, start with servicing your air conditioner. It is a good idea to begin here because if it does need work, you will have a better chance of getting a professional out quickly. As the summer wears on, more homeowners discover problems with their AC, and it often takes longer to get a service appointment.
Change the filter as needed and wipe down all the interior vents. Remove any leaves or debris from the exterior unit and check the lines. They can become brittle and cracked over time. If the lines are at risk for leaking, they will need to be replaced.
Stand-alone and ceiling fans may be enough to keep rooms enjoyable during the early morning hours and save you from running the air conditioning. To prepare your home for summer, clean your fans so that you don’t spread dust and allergens throughout the house.
To clean stand-alone fans, unplug them and remove the protective grate. Sometimes they are held on with clips that slide out of the way or small screws. Next, wipe down the blades with an all-purpose cleaner before reassembling.
Ceiling fans should be switched off. To clean these blades from the floor, use a long duster specifically made to slide down them. If you do not have this type of tool, grab a step stool and climb up to the fan with a dust mask on, some all-purpose cleaner, rags, and a pillowcase. Spray the fan before slipping the pillowcase over the blade. It will catch the dust and save you from having a mess on the floor. Wipe off any leftover particles with the rag.
This is also a great time to switch the direction of your fan blades to counter-clockwise so they blow air down into the room for a cooling effect.
3. Roof and Gutters
If you are comfortable getting on a ladder, clean the gutters with a gutter scoop. When you live in an area with a high risk of fire, gutters and downspouts should be kept free of dry leaves as a safety precaution. Hardware stores sell garden hose gutter-cleaning attachments that are long pipes with a curved nozzle at the end. You can reach up and walk the tool along the gutters and the power of the water jet will push out any debris.
While cleaning the gutters, check your roof for missing or damaged shingles. You might be able to do this work from the ground. If you have binoculars, you can visually inspect the roof.
4. To Prepare Your Home for Summer, Inspect the Deck and Patios
Before grilling, inspect your wooden deck for splintering and rough boards. Sand these with either a handheld machine or rent a commercial model for larger surfaces. Once sanded, rinse off the dust, let the deck dry completely, and apply a proper sealant. Test the railing for strength and replace any broken banisters so that children and pets do not fall through.
Patios should be level. Cracked and buckling concrete is a tripping hazard. You can slow some of the damage early by sealing small fissures. If it is already raised, it might be possible to resurface that area.
Use these tips to prepare your home for summer and make the season more relaxing and safe.