How to Prepare Your Home for the Summer

How to Prepare Your Home for the Summer

Summer months are nearly here, and it is the perfect time to have parties at home, relax under the sun, and enjoy the warm weather. Though there is a lot of fun to look forward to, your home needs to be prepared properly in order for you to fully enjoy the hot days.

During the hotter months, you will be turning on your air conditions, which means you will experience a rise in our energy bills. By taking control and preparing our home now, however, you feel more comfortable during the summer months and also reduce the amount of energy you use.

  • Prepare your deck. Fix any items that need to be repaired.  Check for dents, cracks, sagging, or protrusion that may cause a threat when you plan to your use deck. By feeling safe, you will utilize your deck more, which means more time outside and less of a need to keep your house as cool when you’re not in it.
  • Repair your windows. Allowing fresh air to circulate inside your house is a great way to keep it cool without using any energy. Have your windows checked for cracks, damage, or leaks, so you can fully utilize them and let in the cool breeze.
  • Install solar panels. This is the perfect time to make use of a free and natural source of energy – the sun. Since summer offers more sunlight and hotter days, it is a great time to maximize solar energy.  Once you invest in the initial panels, your energy is free, which save a lot of money on bills.
  • Insulate your house. Summer months mean hotter days for you. To keep your home cool and comfortable, make sure that it is properly insulated, so the cool air does not escape and the hot air does not enter.
  • Change your window treatments. Winter months require you to install heavy and dark curtains. When summer comes, it is time to take them down and install something bright and light to help promote better air circulation around the house when your windows are open.
  • Have your home appliances ready. Be sure your refrigerator, freezer, and blender for mixed drinks are in top condition and functioning properly.
  • Prepare your air conditioning system. When the hot days arrive, you will be turning your air conditioner on, so make sure that everything is operating properly, so it will work at maximum efficiency and avoid unnecessary over use.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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