With summer just around the corner, you want to be sure your home is ready for hot and humid days, even if our bodies are not! There are steps you can take to ensure your home is functioning properly and cost effectively during those few months out of the year we all look forward to, the months we feel we will never get to see again around mid February, at least, that's how I have felt and I am pretty sure I am not alone!
In order to avoid costly repairs, we, of course, recommend a full home inspection that will show and tell you if your window caulk should be redone or if your filters need to be replaced. But, if you want to go at it alone, we recommend taking the following steps to get you there.
Replace air filters
HVAC systems intake air and recirculate it throughout your home. Your furnace's air filter helps prevent dust, pollen and other airborne particles from getting blown back into other rooms in your home. In other words, they are your first line of defense against airborne illnesses. The filter is a catch all, or most, for these particles which means it will get dirty and will need to be replaced. A dirty air filter is also a fire hazard so be sure to check and replace your filters often.
A/C units, dish washers, range hoods and hot tubs all have filters that should be checked and changed, not just your furnace.
A/C Unit Maintenance
If you are like me and my family, you don't want to go through 90 degree days without air conditioning. We love the sunny days but not so much the hot and humid, sweat soaked clothing that comes with it. In order to be sure your A/C unit is ready, you will want to check it for debris and fan damage and make sure your unit is level. You can hire a professional to do this for you as well as having the coils and interior cleaned, just make sure you turn off the power to the unit before having this done. We also advise to be sure your in home vents are clear of clutter in order for the cool air to circulate properly. Dog toys, kids toys, laundry baskets, we all have stuff!
Use a hygrometer
A hygrometer is used to measure moisture in the air. In the winter months, we want some moisture in order to avoid sinus issues and dry skin but in the summer months that same moisture can cause hardwood floor damage, lead to mold, and attract creepy crawlies. Higher humidity is often observed in the basement, so monitor this area. Try to keep it below 60%. A hygrometer can be purchased at your local handyman shop, Amazon, Lowes, or Home Depot.
You can also use a dehumidifier. Some newer HVAC systems often have built-in humidifiers that will add humidity during the winter months to reduce static electricity and prevent dry air. You should have the option to turn this feature off or switch it to summer mode.
Take a walk
Walk the outside perimeter of your house. Check your exterior vents, window wells and caulking. Look for any blockages or cracks that may prevent proper ventilation. Clear debris and vegetation that may be blocking exhaust vents or air intakes. Clean your gutters and downspouts, be sure rain in directed away from your home's foundation.
These are just a few recommendations to get your home ready for summer. As far as your lawn maintenance goes, other than servicing your mower and weed whip, I have no advice but my neighbor the lawn guy probably has plenty!
Thank you for reading and as always, if you need us, we are just a phone call, email, text or chat box away!