Summer is officially here and it is starting to feel like it. Below are some handy tips to prepare your home ready for the warm weather.
Add Fresh Air
Fill your home with fresh air by opening your windows, and place a houseplants to help filter the air. Some of the best air-cleaning houseplants are snake plants, spider plants, English ivy, and small-leafed rubber plants.
Enjoy warm summer evening breezes through your screen doors. Clean screening and repair or replace it, if needed. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers, especially on wooden doors that can become warped with changing temperatures, humidity, and wet weather. The same goes for window screens.
A summer without cold drinks on hand is no summer at all. Take care now to clean your refrigerator’s condensing coils to keep it running smoothly all summer long. Unplug the fridge, and remove the base plate or top grate. Use a vacuum cleaner with the nozzle attachment to remove any dirt and lint.
Keep Air Moving
You may not be able to get through even the early part of summer without running your air conditioner, but don’t discount the value of a ceiling fan. Set fan blades to revolve counterclockwise, which forces the hotter air near the ceiling to mix with the lower, cooler air, leveling out the room temperature.
Even the coolest AC is no match for direct sun coming through a window. Install reflective film, sunscreen-fabric curtains, or roller shades. If you’re investing in new windows, choose panes with a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).
Lighten the Linens
Swap warm flannel sheets and heavy duvet covers for lighter linens with a high thread-count. Choose solid, light colors to give the whole room a breezy feel. A simple, thin coverlet should be enough to keep you warm during the summer months
Make sure your sprinkler system is good to go for the summer, as you’ll need it to keep the lawn green, the flowers blooming, and the Slip ‘n Slide slippery. Check around outside for swampy areas, erosion, or dying plants—you could be losing water and attracting mosquitos.
Dry it Out(side)
Give your dryer, energy bill, and the environment a break by hanging laundry to dry outdoors on warm days. And it could extend the life of your clothes. Did you know that clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy drains in a house?
Bugs be Gone
There are many remedies for keeping mosquitoes at bay; bug spray and citronella candles are two of the most popular methods. To help stop the bugs before they gather, clear underbrush around trees and shrubs and avoid planting thick vegetation.
How are you prepping your home for summer?