Is Your House Summer Ready? Steps To Take Now To Make Your Summer A Breeze

As temperatures rise and summer approaches, it’s time to ensure your home is ready to handle the heat. From keeping your space cool and comfortable to safeguarding against potential hazards, here’s a checklist to get your house summer-ready:

  1. Inspect and Service Your Air Conditioning System:
    • Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your air conditioning unit is in optimal condition.
    • Replace air filters regularly to maintain efficient airflow and improve indoor air quality.
    • Clean the outdoor unit and remove any debris around it to allow proper ventilation.
  2. Seal Doors and Windows:
    • Check for gaps and cracks around doors and windows that could let cool air escape and warm air enter.
    • Seal any leaks with weather stripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency and keep your home cooler.
  3. Install or Upgrade Insulation:
    • Adequate insulation helps regulate indoor temperatures and reduce energy costs.
    • Consider adding insulation to your attic, walls, and crawl spaces, especially if your home lacks proper insulation.
  4. Invest in Energy-Efficient Window Treatments:
    • Install blinds, shades, or curtains designed to block out sunlight and heat.
    • Consider using reflective window films to reduce solar heat gain while still allowing natural light in.
    • If your windows are 15 years or older, it may be time to replace them for more energy efficient windows.
  5. Maintain Your Roof:
    • Inspect your roof for any damage or signs of wear, such as missing shingles or leaks.
    • Repair any issues promptly to prevent water damage and maintain the integrity of your home’s structure.
  6. Clean and Prep Outdoor Spaces:
    • Clean and inspect your deck, patio, or outdoor furniture for any damage or deterioration.
    • Check for leaks in faucets, pipes, and irrigation systems, and repair them promptly to conserve water. The last thing you want this summer is an unexpected high water bill!
  7. Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts:
    • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage during summer storms.
    • Ensure gutters are securely attached and properly directing water away from your home’s foundation.
  8. Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit:
    • Assemble a kit with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit.
    • Include supplies for your pets and any specific needs your family may have.

By taking these steps to prepare your home for summer, you can ensure a comfortable and safe environment for you and your family to enjoy throughout the season. The Mike Chenault Group hopes you’ll stay cool, stay safe, and make the most of the warmer months ahead!  If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, we have the knowledge and tools to make it an easy breezy summer experience!