Living in a place with four seasons means that we also have to prepare our houses for the low or high temperatures. Now that the most anticipated summer season is almost on the horizon, it’s time to make sure that we will be comfortable in our own homes despite the heat.
After insulating the windows and keeping them closed for many months, this time they’ll be doing a better job open. So it’s time to remove the plastic insulation and wash the grit, salt, and grime on the windows. To make your own inexpensive cleaning solution, just fill up a spray bottle with vinegar and water. In case of stubborn salt stuck on the window, use an old toothbrush to scrub it off. Once you’re done cleaning, it’s time to let the sunshine and fresh air into your home!
If you’re worried about the sun baking up your living room, install curtains, shades, or reflective film. Another option would be windows with a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or SHGC. This way, you save money when you don’t need to turn on your air-conditioner.
Out with the comforter and thick blankets, in with the lightweight and cool sheets. Preferably, choose materials made of natural fiber to provide the most comfort and breathability, such as cotton, linen, silk, and satin. When it comes to colors, a great choice would be solid, light ones that can effectively give the room a bright and breezy feel.
It’s worth having it tuned up at least once a year to maximize energy and ultimately save you money. Hiring a professional can save you money on bills and replacing the A/C especially if there are damages or leaks. If you would have to do it yourself, check for obstructions around the A/C’s outdoor condensing unit. Next, replace the filters in the system to make sure that it’s running efficiently and emitting clean air. When done, turn it on and monitor the cool air coming from the vents.
To keep the grass green and the flower blooming, check that the sprinkler system is working. And of course, don’t forget to fertilize the lawn and have your lawnmower ready for its weekly duties. You can also start working on a vegetable patch for some fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. These crops thrive in warmer weather and will give you a great harvest throughout summer. Remember to choose a location that will enjoy the most sunlight.
Since summer will make you spend more time outdoors, it’s time to clean up the patio and bring out the patio furniture. Rinse off the furniture using mild dish soap and water from the garden hose. If you have wood furniture, check for chips and flaking paint. Keep them well maintained by sanding them down and applying a sealer to avoid mold and mildew.
Before having barbecue parties, inspect the grill and remove grease or any residue from last year. To make it easier to clean up, warm up the grill for a few minutes and turn off the gas before you start cleaning. Simple water with soap and a brass wire brush are effective ways to clean the grill.
Kayla Dunmar blogs about home improvement tips that she bases on her own household experience as a wife and mother. She works as an interior designer at Carolina Flooring Services (http://www.carolinaflooringservices.com) in Charleston, SC.