Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a time for home repairs. One of the most important things you can do to get your home ready for summer is to make sure your air conditioning unit is in good condition. You should also check your windows and doors to make sure they are properly sealed and insulated and fix any leaks that may occur. Finally, make sure you have plenty of fans on hand to help circulate the air throughout your home.
- Make sure your air conditioning unit is in good condition.
If you have central air conditioning, check your filter monthly. If your filter is dirty, it will not be able to keep cool air circulating through your home. It should only take a minute or two for most people to change their filters. Central air conditioning units also need their coils cleaned periodically. Contact a professional to schedule this service for you.
You should also make sure to work with a company offering AC replacement services if it’s necessary to replace the unit. And you should make sure to do this before the heat of summer goes up and makes it unbearable for you and your family.
- Check your windows and doors to ensure they are properly sealed and insulated.
Speaking of being hot, a good place for heat to escape is through your windows and doors. This can be especially annoying if you have recently had work done on them requiring drilling holes in the frame or sills, as these become areas where air can easily leak out.
Your air conditioner is only as good as the seal around your doors and windows. If you have any leaks, you’ll need to get them fixed before the weather gets too hot. You may also need to check for drafts that could be escaping through your attic or basement.
To make sure your house is as well-sealed as possible from heat, you should make sure to fill in these holes with caulk. Caulk can be purchased at most home improvement stores and is relatively cheap compared to other materials used for insulation. Depending on the size of the hole, the tube of caulk could last a very long time.
- Make sure you have plenty of fans on hand to help circulate the air throughout your home.
You can buy fans at just about any household goods store, including Walmart and Target. Make sure you get the correct size for your space so that the fan is covering all the room. Air circulation is important for cooling down a hot room or home quickly.
If there are rooms in your house the AC is not cooling, make sure to leave a fan there to make it more bearable. A fan circulates the air by blowing it around the room. This helps to cool down the space and makes it more comfortable. It can also help to circulate the air in a room that the AC is not cooling.
- Install a programmable thermostat to help regulate the temperature in your home.
Programmable thermostats are great because they keep your home cool when you need them to be cool and warm when you need them to be warm. This not only helps lower your energy bills, but it is also environmentally friendly. You won’t have to change the temperature on your thermostat constantly, so you’re not using as much power when you don’t need to.
You should set up a programmable thermostat for at least eight hours a day during the time that you are typically gone from home. This will ensure your home is cool by the time you get there. It should also be set so that it is warm while you are asleep at night. You don’t need the air conditioner running all night, and this will help keep your heating costs down, too.
- Get an energy audit of your home to look for any issues causing the unit not to function as efficiently as possible.
If you’re still having problems with your air conditioner, it may be time to get an audit done of your home. The auditor will check for cracks or openings that can allow heat into your home and cause your AC not to work as well as it should. They can also help determine if there are any unit problems that need to be fixed or replaced.
You should have your home audited at least once a year, but if you’re struggling this summer to keep up with the temperature inside your home, you may need it done more often.
Preparing your home for the summer can be a daunting task, but doing it is important to stay cool and comfortable during the hottest months.