You’ve survived the brutal winter, and summer is coming, but how ready is your house? Summer brings along sunshine and heat, but also some minor challenges for your home. Here are some ideas to get your house ready for the season ahead.
Hot and Humid
During summer, the temperatures can reach up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity rises exceptionally high. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, now is the time to get it. As it gets closer to summer, the prices increase. Shop around now while there are bargains to be had, there could even be bonuses on installation.
If you already have air conditioning, it’s important to remember to start your annual maintenance check-up. The filters most likely need to be replaced or repaired depending on the type of device you have. Maintenance once a year will reduce your electricity bills as your system will require less power if everything is working in top condition.
Check Your Roof
Canada is not immune to natural disasters. During the summer months, we experience thunderstorms and tornadoes. These can wreak havoc on your roof. Dominion Roofing recommends that you perform a roof tune-up before the storm season. This includes checking the roof for holes, replacing missing shingles, and thoroughly cleaning the eaves. Any leaks in the roof could prove to be a nightmare when the rains come. Do the safety checks now, and you’ll be grateful later.
Drapes and Shades
You don’t need to run your air conditioner all day throughout the summer, especially if you aren’t at home. This is a waste of electricity. By merely installing drapes on the windows of the rooms that get the most sun, you can reduce the inside temperature by 33 percent. Ideally, medium colored curtains with white plastic backings are your best choice.
Window shades are another handy solution. Reflective on one side and white on the other, you can flip these during winter and summer to provide heat increase or reduction depending on the season. Drapes and shades are inexpensive and offer an alternative to using air conditioners.
Bring the Outdoors In
It may be too hot to spend time in the outdoors during this season. Why not spruce up your interior with plants and flowers. Remember, leaves provide oxygen, so keeping plants in the main living areas of your home can offer health benefits as well as up the aesthetic.
You don’t want to spend all your time being an indoor gardener, though, so choose plants that require minimum maintenance. Cactus plants, for example, only need watering once a week, and prefer natural rainwater to tap water. This makes them perfect additions to your home during the summer months when the storms arrive.
Lighten and Brighten
Summer promotes feelings of being light and bright. Prepare your home to greet the season with some additional splashes of color. Your bedrooms can be made lighter by changing your duvets or comforters to something more exciting.
Beautiful flowers in your kitchen and entryways make your home more inviting. Why not make your dining table more appealing with bright, fun cups, plates, and serving dishes.
A Few Easy Steps
It doesn’t take long or much expense to get your home seasonal-ready. With summer approaching, install or maintain your air conditioner, and tune-up your roof to make sure there are no holes or leaks.
To make your home more attractive inside, install some drapes or shades to minimize the need for your air conditioner, and brighten up your rooms with flowers and plants and some addition of color. Now you’re ready for the next season.