July 05, 2023
As the temperature rises and summer approaches, it's time to prepare your home for the hot months ahead. Depending on where you’re living, perhaps summer is already here! From ensuring your air conditioning system is in top shape to optimizing energy efficiency, these simple steps will help you create a more comfortable living space. Here are eight things to remember when preparing your home for the summer heat.
1. Replace Your Air Filter
Start by replacing your air conditioning system's air filter. A clean filter ensures better airflow and helps remove dust, allergens, and pollutants from the air. It improves indoor air quality and allows your A/C unit to operate more efficiently, reducing energy consumption and potentially extending its lifespan. Replacing your air filter saves you money and hassle in the long run by supporting the efficiency of the HVAC system!
2. Switch the Direction of your Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to change the direction of the blades. In the summer, don’t forget to set your fan to rotate counterclockwise (when looking up at it) to create a cooling breeze! This creates a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler without lowering the temperature of the room. Fans that are rotating in the clockwise direction won’t necessarily be cooling your room, but rather, just moving the hot air around!
3. Update Your Home's Insulation
Proper insulation is essential for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Having good insulation can also help reduce energy costs. Check for any areas in your home that may need additional insulation, such as the attic or crawl spaces. Insulating these areas helps prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from seeping in, keeping your home cooler and more energy-efficient. This tip also saves you money in the long run, by keeping the cool air inside and increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system.
4. Install a Smart Thermostat
Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat for precise control over your home's temperature. Smart thermostats allow you to program temperature settings based on your schedule and preferences. Some models even adapt to your behavior and can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app. Optimizing your cooling schedule can help create a more comfortable living environment in your home during the hot summer months.
5. Get Your AC Checked
Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your air conditioning system. A professional may be able to help implement or suggest some of the other tips outlined in this article! A qualified technician will most likely clean the unit, check refrigerant levels, inspect electrical connections, and ensure that all components are functioning properly. Regular maintenance helps prevent unexpected breakdowns. A professional inspection can also help ensure the optimal performance of your cooling system during the summer months. Try to book the inspection ASAP, as summer can typically be a busy season!
6. Check for Water Leaks
Inspect your home for any water leaks, both indoors and outdoors. Leaky pipes or faucets waste water and cause moisture-related problems, such as mold growth and water damage. Mold and bacteria grow faster in warmer environments, so no one wants a mold problem in the summer. Fixing leaks promptly will help conserve water and maintain a dry and healthy living environment.
7. Clean Up Your Outdoor Furniture
Give your outdoor furniture some TLC before the summer season. Clean off any dirt, dust, or debris accumulated during the colder months. Wipe down surfaces, wash cushion covers if applicable, and check for any damage or repairs needed. Having a fresh and inviting outdoor space will encourage you to spend more time outdoors during the summer when there is typically better air quality!
8. Clean Your Windows and Check for Air Leaks
Clean your windows inside and out to maximize natural light and enhance your view of the outdoors. Inspect the window seals for any gaps or leaks that may allow warm air to seep in. Applying weatherstripping or caulking as needed will help maintain a cool indoor temperature and increase energy efficiency.
Enjoy Summer Indoors & Out!
By following these simple yet important steps, you can ensure a comfortable and energy-efficient home during the summer months. From optimizing your air conditioning system to attending to small repairs and updates, preparing your home for the hot weather will help you make the most of the season while staying cool and relaxed.
If you have any questions or need assistance with maintaining your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at DeLeers Construction. We’re happy to help with any summer home upkeep, such as replacing your AC air filter or optimizing your indoor air quality.
Our home maintenance team is available to provide expert advice, conduct inspections, and perform necessary maintenance tasks to keep your system running smoothly. Remember, taking proactive steps now can save you from potential discomfort, higher energy bills, and costly repairs down the line. Contact DeLeers today and enjoy a worry-free summer in your home.