Summer is right around the corner. That means hotter weather is going to be here soon. And that means that you should make sure that any of your summer repairs are done before the sun starts beating down and making you and your family uncomfortable. What you’d like to avoid is starting to do repairs on certain aspects of your home after it’s too late. At that time, repair work will be more expensive and less effective because there are fewer days in which to create a comfortable home climate.
Three sets of summer repairs will come to mind right away. First, you need to make sure your air conditioning system is working at full efficiency. Next, you need to go through and seal all of your windows and doors to avoid heat transfer in and out. And after that, go through and check all of your insulation and trim. You should at least do a minor check seasonally to ensure you’re not wasting money on heating and cooling because of leaks in your structural integrity.
Fix Your Air Conditioner
Concerning heat, your primary way of keeping this under control is going to be by making sure your air conditioner is in good repair. That might mean maintaining portable air conditioners or your central air system. In either case, you probably need to rely on professionals. With window-based air conditioners, you might be able to Do some light cleaning. However, if an air conditioner is actually starting to go bad because of the internal workings, using a professional is the only way to be sure that it’s at top-notch running condition.
Seal Your Windows and Doors
Now that you’ve got your air conditioning settled, you need to make sure you aren’t wasting time, money, or energy running it when all of that precious cool air is just leaking out your windows and doors. Take the time to check all of the places in your home that seal the inside air away from the outside air. It only takes a few minutes to do this, and you and your family can be much more comfortable if no drafts are going into or out of your house on hot summer days.
Check Your Insulation and Trim
Now that your air conditioning is good, your windows and doors are sealed, and you are seeking the next way to repair your home for the summer, it’s time to look at insulation and trim. Your installation will be in your roof, in your walls, and around your basement. If this insulation has not been installed correctly or is getting old and requires maintenance, it can make a big difference in your overall comfort level during the hot season. Trim is the final thing then you should pay attention to as it is the last way that heat leaks can happen. Not only this, if you want to keep summer bugs out of your home, trimming your baseboards is essential.