When the weather starts to warm up and the rain stops, you need to get your home ready for the summer. It’s important to make sure you prepare your house with the right window treatments, a working AC, and more to keep your family comfortable and your property in the best shape. Here are seven tips to help you get your home ready for summer this year.
1. Clean Gutters
During the fall and winter, a lot of leaves, branches and other debris tend to collect on your roof and in your gutters. Over time, clogged gutters can lead to damaged roofs and flooding. Now that you don’t have to worry about rain and falling leaves, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean. You can install gutter guards to help keep leaves and debris out in the future.
2. Set Up Your Patio
Relaxing in the backyard is a great way to spend summer afternoons and evenings, especially if you’ve got a nice grilling setup and patio furniture for all your guests. If your patio is looking a little bare after winter passes, take some time to get it set up with furniture, a charcoal or gas grill, and a fire pit. You’ll love spending summer nights enjoying a drink in your backyard.
Insulation is a big deal during the summer, especially if you live in a hot climate. The better your home is insulated, the less work your AC has to do to keep your home cool. Not only does this save you money on HVAC maintenance, but it also reduces your energy bill and helps your home stay cool. Consider upgrading to storm windows and doors and insulating your attic this summer.
4. HVAC Maintenance
Taking care of your HVAC system means having maintenance done at least once a year, although HVAC technicians recommend maintenance twice a year. Ideally, you should have your evaporator coil and other crucial parts of your AC unit checked in preparation for the summer and during fall. During this scheduled seasonal maintenance, a technician will inspect your HVAC system, clean it and fix any problems.
Considering how important your yard is during the summer, now is a good time to invest in landscaping. You can hire a landscaper to install retaining walls and create gardens in your yard, or you can simply create your own garden space and plant seeds. It’s also important to mow your lawn regularly during the summer, so now is a good time to invest in a lawnmower.
6. Add Light Colors
On the inside of your home, adding light colors is one of the best ways to introduce a summer feel. Light colors help your home feel more spacious and give it a natural feel. Plus, light natural wood furniture and brighter paint colors such as white look great in natural sunlight, which you’ll be getting plenty of during the summer.
Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to change the way you think about lighting. It’s important to get as much natural sunlight in your home as possible, as this sunlight provides vitamin D that’s essential to your mood. Plus, natural light saves you money and just looks better than artificial alternatives. If you have curtains or blinds covering your windows, keep them open or cracked during the day. For night time, consider adding string lights to the yard to decorate for summer parties and give your space a soft glow.
These are just a few ideas you can implement, but how you go about making your home your summer haven is up to you.