While the warmer seasons are no doubt enjoyable, they do bring a few issues along with them: in particularly in and around your home. With summer just around the corner, and mother nature teasing us with warm and sunny spring days, we thought we'd put together a blog post on three quick--yet important--ways to prep your home for summer.
Three Quick Ways To Prep Your Home For Summer
1 - Service Your Air Conditioning Unit
If you have a central air conditioning unit, you probably turned it off in early fall and haven't thought much about it since. If that's the case, now would be a great time to arrange a maintenance call from your service rep. Your rep will service the unit by replacing (or cleaning) the filter, cleaning the coils and removing dirt and debris from in and around the unit. Faulty appliances can be energy-hungry, and by servicing your unit now you can potentially save money on utility bills (and maintenance headaches) later.
2 - Consider Adding Window Film To Your Windows
Once you ensure that your air conditioning is in good working order, you may want to think about adding window film to your existing windows. Adding UV protection window film will help to reduce sun glare in your home, thus making your interior a more comfortable temperature and it can help to keep your furnishings from fading. Additionally, residential window tinting can provide privacy, especially if you use it on patio doors or other larger windows, like picture windows or bay windows. Most important, most window tinting is energy-efficient: it can reject up to 58% of total solar energy.
3 - Plan For A Drought
As wonderful as warm weather can be, for gardeners, warm weather can also spell catastrophe due to long periods without a significant rainfall. To prevent such an issue befalling your garden this summer, check to see if your state allows rainwater harvesting; if it does, you can start to collect rainwater now, which you can then use on your garden later in the season. Even if drought conditions don't happen, you can still use collected rainwater to water your property, allowing you to save money on water bill. Just remember that if you do intend to collect rainwater, you will need to ensure the water is stored in a covered container in order to prevent evaporation. You can purchase rain barrels specifically for rainwater harvesting.