Is Your House Ready For The Summer?
Is Your House Ready For Summer?
All of the spring cleaning may be done, but now it is time to make sure your home is ready for what the summer has in store. Here are a few things to consider while preparing your house for warm weather that will also save you time and money in the long run!
The most important tip is to make sure your air conditioner is running properly. First, change the system's filter. Clogged and dirty filters make air conditioning systems work harder, stay on longer and cost more to run. Second, turn on your unit to see how it's cooling. If the A/C doesn't kick on (it might take a minute), check your circuit breakers or fuses. If it still won't start up or cool like you think it should, call a professional.
For those who do not use air conditioning, you still have the opportunity to freshen your airflow. Turn your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise, this allows the blades are tilted upward to push air downward and create a stronger draft.
Let the Sunshine Shine
The next thing you should do to prepare your home is to prep the windows opening and closing each window a few times will allow you to determine whether your windows need a thorough cleaning. If you are having issues with opening and closing your windows, here are a few steps you can take:
Fill up two buckets:
Bucket 1: Warm Water
1 gallon of hot water; the other with warm water.
1 cup of ammonia
one with 1 cup of vinegar
Wash windows with the vinegar-ammonia solution first, then with water only. Dry with a squeegee.
To make those window panes sparkle, fill a spray bottle with window cleaning solution, use newspaper or a squeegee to leave them streak free, and wear gloves for protection if you have sensitive skin. You should wash windows on a cloudy day. The sun may dry the solution too soon, leaving streaks. Finally, clean your window screens, inspect them, repair any damage, and reinstall them in your windows. You can repair damaged screens with a kit you can purchase at most home improvement or hardware stores.
Clean the Clutter in Gutter
While you're assessing the outside of your home, check on your gutters and downspouts. Cleaning gutters can be a tough job, you should consider bringing a buddy with you to insure your safety especially if your home is more than one story.
If you're doing it yourself, you may need the following:
a sturdy ladder
Use the trowel to scoop the gunk out of the gutters. Use the hose to force out clogs.
winter can be tough on them, and damage can lead to leaks that let water in your basement or crawl space, or cause wood rot around the gutters.Be sure water from the downspouts flows away from your house to keep it from collecting around the foundation. As dirty as this job can be, it's one that can save a lot of headaches and bigger problems down the road.
Deck = Summer Room
Now over to the room you have been avoiding all winter, a room that technically isn’t a room in the house, but most definitely the best place of your house in the the summer time. Create an outdoor extension of your indoor living space: comfortable, clean and filled with your favourite things.
Here are a few tricks to get your deck summer ready!
Use a deck brush or power washer plus a deck-cleaning solution to get all of the discoloration, dirt, and gunk off that was left from the winter
If the finish is worn, let the wood dry for a few days, then reseal it.
Rearrange the furniture so that ever part of the deck is getting its proper wash
If your furniture is metal, look for rust. Sand and repaint with spray paint if needed.
Most outdoor fabrics are safe to throw in a warm wash. Air-dry, then put the cover back on the insert while it's still slightly damp to keep it smooth. If the fabric isn't removable, clean it using a soft scrub brush, dish detergent, and warm water.
With these tip, you should be on your way to a great summer! One more tip, HAVE FUN! Once you have completed these tasks, you will have more time to sit back, relax, and feel the sunshine!