In just a few weeks, the summer heat will be here. Days at the beach, sipping piña coladas, hitting the surf – it’s all fun and games. But what about your home? Is it ready for the summer heat? After a hot day outside, you want to come back to a comfortable home after a weekend holiday.
Here are some ideas on how to make sure your home stays cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year.
Check Your Air-Conditioning
It’s almost impossible to live in a home without AC when the summer heat is in full swing. To make sure your air-conditioning unit is capable of keeping your home cool and comfortable this summer, give it a thorough checkup. You can simply turn it on and see if it’s working properly.
If you notice something out of the ordinary – strange noises or odors, no cool air – call for air conditioning services as soon as possible. Get your AC ready before you need it most.
Check Your Home for Air Leaks
Even if your cooling system is working fine, it might not be able to give you a comfortable temperature if your home has ventilation leaks. You may also get a spike in your electricity bill. Worse, your AC might break from having to work extra hard. Jenkins Heating and Air suggests that you inspect your home for leaks, drafts around windows or doors, and cracks on window glass, glass doors, or glass walls.
Use weather stripping or caulk to seal any small leaks. If there are big breaches, broken siding, and the like, you may need the help of a professional.
Learn from the Past
You may have had bad experiences the previous summer that you do not want to repeat. For example, the big glass walls in the back of your home may let in too much sunlight, which can cause heat transfer that overworks your air-conditioner and damages your carpets. You should consider window film installed on the glass to block UV rays. You can also invest in heavy, dark curtains or in vertical blinds. Also, consider checking your HVAC system. Maintenance may be required after working so hard last summer.
Most people associate summer with beaches, parties, and lots of fun. But before you think about where to go for your holiday, give some thought to keeping your home comfortable as well.