Summer is right around the corner, and most homeowner's thoughts are turning to days at the beach then long evenings in the yard BBQing with family and friends. However, summer isn't just about fun in the sun. There are sweltering 100 degree days in some areas around the country, storms, and annoying bugs that you have to prepare for as well. There is nothing more irritating than spending your evening swatting insects away in the heat.
Here are a few household chores and home improvements you need to take care of to prepare for the summer heat.
4 Household Chores and Home Improvements to Prepare for the Summer Heat
Give Your AC a Checkup
At the end of the winter, you should contact your local HVAC service and have them come out and do a complete inspection of your air conditioner. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a summer heatwave, only to wake up one morning and find it hotter inside your house than it is outside. The AC is broken, and the repairman can't get there to fix it for weeks because he's booked due to the heatwave. To prevent this from happening to you, have your AC inspected before summer begins, and make sure you change your air filters regularly as well.
Check Windows and Doors
Summertime can bring everything from extreme heat to pests through your windows and doors. If you inspect your windows and doors, only to find that they are older than dirt and rotting, it's time to have them repaired or replaced, frames and all. In order to do that, go to any search engine, type in a “carpenter near me” and your area to see what pops up.
Make sure you contact a reputable replacement company for the glass windows as well for the best results. A carpenter can also do other inspections and wood repairs around the house.
Put Up Bug Barriers
Whether it's at a BBQ around your swimming pool or inside your home with the windows open to the breezes outside, summer and pests seem to just go together. From mosquitoes around the pool to roaches, ants, and spiders finding their way through cracks and crevices and into your home, pests are a part of summer but not something you have to put up with.
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Contact your local pest control company to come out and spray your home and yard to prevent pests from descending, make sure everything is sealed correctly, and then put up some bug barriers on the outside and inside of the home for the best results. Many pests are just nuisances, but many summer pests can be dangerous to your and your family's health, so be careful out there.
Use Smart Door Techniques
Remember when your mom used to yell at you to close the door? There was a good reason for that, and you probably do the same with your kids. When your air conditioner is on and running, every time the door is opened, cool air gets out into the yard. You're not paying to cool the neighborhood, are you? Keeping the doors closed and only opening them when you have to is one of the best ways to ensure your home stays cool in a heatwave and your electric bills aren't through the roof. On top of that, open doors invite flies and other pests to come inside, and no one wants that.
These are just a few of the chores, home improvements, and ideas to help you prepare your home for the summer heat ahead. Remember, keep the door closed, put up bug barriers, and have those windows replaced or repaired for the best results.
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