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Summer Home Preparation: 4 Great Tips

Summer Home Preparation: 4 Great Tips

It’s time for some summer home preparation. With winter finally coming to an end, everyone’s eager to turn on the air conditioning, jump in the pool or pack the car for a summer vacation. But before soaking up the sun, there are a few things every homeowner should inspect to cut down costs, stay cool and comfortable and avoid ruining what could have been a great afternoon barbecue. Here are a few simple things that are easy to overlook before summer officially begins:

#1 Changing the Rotation

There’s no reason to let your air conditioner do all the work, and if you don’t have air conditioning, this tip is even more important. Setting your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise pushes air down, creating a breeze to cool down the room. It’s as easy as a flick of a switch on the base of the fan.

#2 Fielding the Filters

When the sun is beating down on the house all day and into the early evening, the air conditioner is your greatest ally in the fight to stay cool. That being said, the AC can’t do it all on its own. Dust, pet hair and other small debris collect in the vents, eventually getting caught in the filter. If this filter isn’t changed regularly, airflow is reduced and electricity costs rise along with the temperature inside your home. Buy a few new filters at the beginning of the season so you aren’t caught off guard come the end of July.

#3 Look up—how’s the roof?

Aside from the sweltering sun, summer brings a slew of storms, damaging winds and unpredictable weather than can wreak havoc on your home. Having a professional inspect the quality and integrity of the roof, or doing it yourself, will afford you opportunities to make any necessary repairs or improvements. While you’re up there, do a quick sweep of the gutters and drains—it’s better to be safe than sorry. These repairs can be a bit on the costly side, but it’s better to be prepared instead of working on the fly to fix a leak in the middle of a storm.

#4 Grilling on Fumes

The entire family is coming together for the first cookout of the season. You’ve got all the burgers, bratwursts and corn on the cob ready to go, but when you go to light the grill—nothing. The propane tank is empty.

As soon as the weather warrants use of the grill, make a quick trip to the store and stock up on propane. That way no one is left hungry and waiting, and your cookout goes off without a hitch.

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