With warm weather here, it is important to make sure your home is ready too. There are some areas you can check to make sure your home is ready for the summer, and you can enjoy the warm weather both indoors and outdoors.
It is important that all areas of the house receive proper maintenance. Both the yard and house should get a “summer spruce up” to maintain a safe and smooth running environment.
Problems will arise even with proper maintenance, but these steps can help to eliminate some of the issues in your home. HVAC systems need regular maintenance to ensure you can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Other areas of your house need to be functioning smoothly to not put stress on your HVAC system.
Summertime leads to more outdoor activities and lowering the temperature on the thermostat. The higher temperatures bring issues different from the issues during the colder ones.
Often people worry about winterization, but they forget that summer-izing your home needs to be a top priority as well.
Maintain Yard Growth
Hot weather means more fun outdoors, but you want to make sure your lawn stays healthy. You want your family to enjoy a nice plush lawn, and you want to ensure your lawn looks healthy and well manicured.
Quick and easy steps can be completed so that you may have a plush green lawn for your family to enjoy.
Make sure your yard can breathe.
It may sound funny, but your yard needs to be aerated. This aeration will allow for the root system to be able to effectively soak up the nutrients and begin new growth. Aeration allows for the yard to breathe and receive the space it needs to take in new plants or thickened roots.
Spring Clean Your Lawn
Make sure to move any debris or leaves from your yard. Take the rake from one end to the other and clean it free of anything that could block out healthy rays of sunshine. Any debris can block sunlight, causing your yard not to look as healthy.
Give your yard the right vitamins.
Like any living thing, yards need food to grow healthy. Make sure to fertilize your yard twice a year. This helps to feed the grass the right nutrients. The key to fertilization is to make sure to do it when the temperature is not too hot.
Mow your grass regularly.
Grass needs to be cut regularly to ensure healthy growth and that to keep it looking neat and manicured. During the hotter months, let it grow a little longer. The shade will protect the roots and keep them cool.
Inspect Home Insulation
Insulation is a hot topic during the winter months, but it should also be a concern during the summer. Proper insulation can help keep you and your pockets cooler. It keeps your AC in and the heat out. Two very crucial things if you want to keep cool this summer.
Areas to Look at to Keep You Cool
1. Check your windows.
Make sure you cover any windows in direct contact with the sun. The heat from sunshine can heat up a room quickly. The proper shading and covering is a must. Also, check the frames for proper alignment and caulking.
2. Avoid hot indoor activities.
You would be amazed at how much hotter the room can get when running the dishwasher, drying clothes, or cooking. They can make the temperature in your house rise and your AC work harder.
3. Check the insulation and weatherization.
Make sure your home is properly insulated from the top down. You can have someone come into your home to inspect it or you can DIY. Also, check the weatherization of your home. This means to check doors, windows, and other openings for any possible leaks or cracks.
Test and Lubricate the Garage Door
The garage door is an extension to your house that may get overlooked, but it still needs the attention and maintenance it deserves. The heat causes issues that may arise, and it is best to make sure everything is in working order and properly lubricated.
1. Visual Inspections
You need to check over your garage door to make sure it is in proper working order. Check the hinges, the door, the motor, and all the other parts to ensure there are no visible issues. Also, you need to lubricate the hinges and other mechanisms to ensure that they continue to run smoothly.
2. Door Balance Check
Door balance is a major factor in garage door maintenance. Many doors open automatically, so you need to disconnect the automatic opener first. Once that is done, try to manually lift it. There should be no resistance, and the door should stay up.
These steps to home maintenance can help you prevent many issues. You will still be able to enjoy your home, both indoors and outdoors, without many issues.
If your HVAC needs maintenance, make sure to get it inspected, maintained, and repaired to enjoy your cool summers. Call Hembree Heating & Air Conditioning in Mobile, AL at (251) 259-4664.