When the warmer weather comes, there are plenty of things you might need to do to get your home ready.
Businesses have to do the same during this time of year. For example, if you have a business you might need to work with a repair company or air conditioning supply company to ensure your space stays cool and comfortable for your customers.
So, what about your home?
What steps should you take to get your home summer-ready, just like you would your business?
Get Your Air Conditioner Ready
We touched on this above, and most of us rely on our air conditioners heavily during the summer.
To get yours ready for warm weather, first, change your filter. Filters keep your air conditioning unit protected from particles like dust and pollen. When your filter is dirty, it’s harder for your blower to circulate air, which can mean ice forms.
You should clean the outdoor unit and make sure to remove any debris or things like fallen twigs surrounding it.
Finally, clean the condensate drain.
If you aren’t sure how to do any of these tasks, a heating and air professional can help.
If you have your A/C professionally serviced early in the season and before there are any major issues, you might save money in the long run, and you may also avoid the summer rush that can make it hard to find someone to come to your home.
Replace Old Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is something you might not think much about, but it plays a big role in how comfortable your home is as well as your energy costs.
Go through your home and check all the weatherstripping on doors and windows, and replace it if necessary to keep the cold air in and the hot air out.
Clean Windows and Screens
You should use the early summer months to clean your storm windows. You can also look for any signs of problems like dry rot, and you can re-caulk if the windows don’t have weather stripping.
Clean your screens, and when you’re doing so, look for damage that may need to be repaired.
Don’t pressure wash your screens—just use the water hose.
If you’re already out and cleaning your windows, wipe your lights as well. Clean the inside and outside of any outdoor light fixtures or lanterns.
Clean Your Deck and Outdoor Cushions
You can use a deck brush or a power washer to get your deck looking great again. There are deck-cleaning solutions available at hardware and home supply stores that you can use if you have a lot of mildew, mold, or tough dirt.
Once you wash your deck, if it’s needed, you can reseal it a few days later.
If you have outdoor furniture, clean your cushions as well.
You can unzip the cushion covers and wash them in your washing machine or if not, use dish detergent, warm water, and a soft scrub brush.
Scrub the Grill
If you have a gas grill, heat it for ten minutes before you clean it. This will make it easier to scrub everything off.
Then, disconnect your gas line and let it cool down. Once the grill is cool, you can remove the grates, burners and drip tray, and wash them in warm, soapy water.
Organize Your Garage or Shed
If you store your outdoor tools and equipment in a garage or shed, flip it.
Take all the items you use most in the winter, like your snow shovel and move them to the back. Move your summer items to the front and organize them so they’re easily accessible.
Finally, make time to clean your gutters and downspouts. Before you do that, you might also check on the condition of your roof to see how it fared during the winter, especially if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow.
If your roof is in good condition, then you can check the gutters. Damage can let water into your base or cause the wood around your gutters to rot.
You’ll need a ladder, hose, and trowel to clean your gutters, and if you aren’t comfortable with the project consider hiring a professional.
You can scoop gunk out with the trowel, and then hose out your gutters, so water is running through the downspout. The hose can also be used to push out clogs.
Once your summer chores are ready, you can start to enjoy the warm weather at home.
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