1. Install insulation
Summer is hot, so it’s also a good time to insulate your home. This will keep your house cool throughout the day and allow you to turn off the air conditioning more easily at night. We recommend getting an insulation kit from a company like GAF, which will help you find the right amount of insulation for your specific situation.
2. Clean the grill
Grill is one of the most important tools of summer. As soon as you pull it out of storage, make sure to clean it thoroughly and check for rust, which is one of the biggest dangers you face in your grill. If there are any rust spots, you should scrub them off with steel wool or sandpaper and apply a coat of good quality oil to them.
3. Prep your patio or deck
If you live in a home with a patio, deck or some other area outside of your house that the sun will shine on during the summer months, now is the time to get it ready. This can be as simple as clearing away leaves and debris and eliminating any residues left by previous homeowners. The same goes for any large stones that might be lying around. The best way to keep your patio or deck clean is to sweep it out every week while keeping it weed-free.
4. Automate your A/C with smart devices
Don’t fret too much about fighting the summer heat this year. Even with all the maintenance tips that we’ve discussed so far, you can still find yourself sweltering if you aren’t managing your A/C properly and taking advantage of some of the technology available to today’s homeowners. The most affordable and easy way to do this is by purchasing an Air conditioner remote control, which you program to turn on at specified times. You’ll find that every two hours or so is a good option for most homes.
5. Check your detectors
Summer is also a great time to get in touch with your detectors. This is especially important if you have any fire alarms installed because smoke and carbon monoxide will be much more of a problem in the summer. As such, it’s a good idea to check all of your detectors at least once during the spring and fall months. You can do this by installing a simple alarm monitor on your smoke or CO detector so that you’ll know when they go off during the summer months.
6. Reverse ceiling fans
One of the most underrated tips for keeping your home cool during the hot months of summer is to reverse your ceiling fans. Like your AC unit, reversing your ceiling fans makes a huge difference.
7. Check for outside air leaks
If you have an air conditioning system on your roof, it’s important to check for leaks there. You can easily do this by using a spray bottle filled with water, which you then use to spray around your AC unit. If the water droplets evaporate quickly, you know there’s no leak. Otherwise, you’ll need to find and seal up the source of the leak.
8. Prep your bathroom
If you have a bathroom where you take showers or baths, you’ll definitely want to take the time to make it look nice when the summer heat starts. This is especially important if you’re spending a lot of time out in the hot sun and want to be able to come in for a shower at some point during the day with minimal effort.
With all of these maintenance tips for summer, you’ll find that your home will be ready for when it starts to get uncomfortable. You can enjoy the nice weather and make the most of it by getting outside and socializing with friends and family.