As those degrees rise and rise, and the days grow longer, it's high time for most people to prepare their homes for the scorching summer season. From creating a (significantly) more comfortable living environment to optimizing one’s overall energy efficiency, a well-prepared “summer-ready” home can make a significant difference during the hotter months, especially if you live in a state known for its sweltering climate.
In this article, we will explore the nine ‘key’ tips to help you get your home ready for the sweltering summer, whether they’re simple “no duh” solutions or ingenious homeowner life hacks. Let’s dive in!
Enhance Air Flow
With the overwhelming heat outside, ensuring your household is cool and consistently ventilated is absolutely necessary. Start by cleaning and servicing your air conditioning system for optimal performance and hygiene.
Some folks may consider ceiling fans to improve air circulation and reduce the reliance on air conditioning. Additionally, you may want to inspect and seal any gaps or cracks around doors and windows for optimal air control.
Revitalize Outdoor Spaces
It’s not just about the indoors. You can make the most out of the season by cleaning and arranging your patio or deck furniture, or even by adding unique and colorful cushions. For functionality, you can improvise shaded areas with umbrellas or install a retractable awning to provide relief from the dreaded solar rays. Don't forget to tend to your garden, water your plants and add pops of color with seasonal flowers.
Focus on Lighting
Creating aesthetically-pleasing shade is part of the whole shebang. Consider installing things like blinds or curtains to block out the sun's heat during the hottest parts of the day.
Insulating your attic and walls can also help maintain a comfortable temperature indoors, as the air inside your household naturally circulates and dissipates.
Speaking of Which….Lighten Up!
Embrace the brightness by incorporating lighter, creamier colors and fabrics into your home decor. Swap out heavy drapes and dark accents for caramel-colored curtains and various other light shades, and consider using light-colored bedding and linens to create a breezy atmosphere in bedrooms. By bringing in a touch of summer through your decor, you'll instantly uplift the mood of your humble abode.
Prepare Your Cooling Systems
To expand a bit on our first point – don't wait for the first heatwave to check your cooling systems! Clean or replace filters regularly to ensure proper flow. If you have a programmable thermostat, you should also adjust the settings to optimize energy usage and keep your home comfortable when you're there.
If your budget is not a problem, you may consider installing a smart thermostat that can be controlled remotely while you’re away.
Refresh Your Indoor Lighting
There it is – lighting strikes yet again! Pun fully intended, by the by. Replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs can lead to great things. And by that, we mean less unnecessary heat generation. Moreover, use task lighting and natural light whenever possible to reduce energy consumption, and think about incorporating dimmers or smart lighting systems to create a relaxing ambiance during the evenings.
Optimize Energy Efficiency
Summer months can lead to increased energy consumption; that much is obvious. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate it.
Install special window films to prevent heat gain through windows and – as we mentioned beforehand – use weatherstripping to seal gaps around windows and doors to prevent cool air from escaping. Unplug electronics and appliances when unused, as they can contribute to so-called "phantom" energy consumption.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Besides your central air conditioner unit, consider regular maintenance of your entire HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. Schedule a professional inspection and servicing before the summer season begins to identify any issues and ensure that there are no future headache-inducing moments! Clean or replace air filters as recommended by the manufacturer as well, since different systems may require special caution.
Protect Your Exterior
Finally, we have preventative maintenance – a crucial aspect for keeping your home exterior in good condition during the summer. Inspect and clean your gutters to ensure proper water drainage, check for any loose or damaged roof shingles, and have them repaired promptly.
Additionally, trim any trees and bushes near your home to prevent damage from storms or, even worse, falling branches – a potential safety hazard, above all else!
Some Closing Notes
Getting your home ready for the summer season is a proactive way to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable living environment during the desert-like weather. By following these nine essential tips, you can enhance (and maximize) indoor comfort, revitalize your outdoor spaces, optimize energy efficiency, and prioritize safety. With these preparations, you can make the most of the summer season and create lasting memories in your home!