Do you know what you did last summer? You were probably struggling with summer heat! Summer brings bright sunshine and green leaves, but hot and dry weather tag along too. While the hot summer is mostly bearable, the temperature sometimes crosses a line. Here are some pointers for you to manage that heat at home better.
Tune Up The Air Conditioner
Get your air conditioner tuned and primed for optimal heavy duty performance. Typically, air conditioners are serviced quarterly. But if you opt for annual maintenance, it is critical to check all the parts thoroughly. Make sure that you change the filters, and get the refrigerant and air ducts insulated for zero leaks.
In the event that you don’t own an air conditioner, you can purchase cooler fans, as they’re quite effective too.
Keep A Regular Check On Home Appliances
Most of the appliances that you use daily, need to be checked. The washing machine, the dryer, the refrigerator, and the dishwasher should be serviced. A change of parts is also desired, so as to suit the climate. Pay special attention to the dryers, as dryer vents tend to get clogged, even to the extent of causing house fires in the summer. You can unclog the vents yourself, but hiring a professional is recommended.
Get The Gutters And Piping Cleaned Up
In summer, the water in the gutters rises to the ground level. The presence of wet leaves and mud in the gutter tends to worsen the situation. So, the gutters and pipes need to be cleaned up regularly. The people living in an apartment complex don’t have to deal with cleaning the gutter, as the gutters are centralized. But if you happen to live in a landed house, you can purchase do-it-yourself kits with pumps and loosening agents. Remove the debris and install Al wire mesh, as required.
Don’t Forget The House Exteriors
You have to pay as much heed to the exterior of the house as you do the interiors. Check the windows for cracks and air leaks. Purchase white shades and blinds that will reduce solar heat. Apply e-film tints to the windows. Pressure-wash the overall exterior of the house. If you have an attic, check for dust allergens. And if you have a terrace, wash it regularly.
Implement Long-Term Cooling Plans
You should be dealing with the current summer heat immediately, but don’t ignore long-term plans. As an example, you can plant trees, for they not only provide shade, but also make the area breezy. You can reduce the usage of some home appliances or change the schedules to cut down on overall heat retention. And if you live in high-rise apartments, you can rearrange the furniture to enable cross-flow ventilation.
With these pointers, your house is sure to be well-ventilated and well-kempt during the summer. Remember, any obstacle can easily be overcome when it comes to maintaining your home.