How to Prepare Your Home for Summer in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Lindsay Gough on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 6:59am.

Summer is almost here which means St. George homes are heating up! As a homeowner, there are some things you can do to prepare your home for summer, help keep it cool, and save on your energy bill. Here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Insulation

Make sure all your windows and doors are properly insulated. Inspect caulking and check for air leaks. There is no point in running the air conditioner if all the cool air is leaking out and all the hot air is coming in. Make sure your home is airtight and properly insulated so you won’t have to spend as much to keep the temperature regulated.

2. Let in the Fresh Air

When it’s cooler outside, usually at night, it’s nice to turn off the air conditioning and open a window. To do this, you need to make sure your window screens are in good shape. Repair tears and holes in screens, otherwise you could be letting insects and allergens in unintentionally. It is also a good idea to remove your screens and rinse them with a hose before replacing. This will make sure the air blowing through your windows is clean, and not picking up dirt and dust along the way.

3. HVAC Upkeep

Now would be a good time to change your air filters and have your HVAC system inspected, especially if you haven’t done so in the last year. An inspector can make sure your air conditioner is running efficiently and not costing you extra money in inefficiency. You should also change your clothes dryer filters to make sure hot air can go outside and isn’t getting trapped inside your home. .

4. Stay Organized

Before the kids come home for the summer, take some time to organize the busy play areas. Clear out the garage and make it easy for kids to get to bikes, scooters, and other outdoor toys. Clean out their toy shelves and make sure the play areas are ready for all day use. The more organized you are now, the easier it will be to stay clean over the summer.

Taking these few simple steps could help save you time and energy over the summer trying to keep your home cool and kid friendly. The important thing is to prepare and stay organized. Don’t let the air conditioning run with the windows open, give your kids an organized place to play and give yourself time to relax. Otherwise, it could be a long summer.

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