Sometimes when we get excited for home improvement projects and new outdoor decor, we forget how seasonality can impact our homes. It’s important as the weather gets warmer to protect your home from the various threats that you may not have to worry about during colder months. Luckily, we’re here this week to walk you through how to prepare your home for summer and ward off the aspects of summer home care you don’t want knocking on your door.
Your appliances work double time
In the summer, we often forget that most of our appliances are working double time to compensate for the warmer interior and exterior temperatures. For example, the refrigerator will use more energy to stay cool as the rest of the house grows to higher temperatures. Also, summertime means extra outdoor activities for you and your entire family, leading to an influx in laundry. By running the laundry machines on overtime, it decreases their life span and increases your utility bills, not to mention all the extra heat those appliances add to your home which have the air conditioner working extra hard.
To combat the extra work your appliances do in the summer, the best plan of action is to carefully consider how much you need to use your appliances. For example, many people set their fridges at colder temperatures than necessary. Consider adjusting the temperature to save you money and energy, and to increase the lifespan of your fridge. As far as laundry, make sure to establish a proper laundry routine and reuse as much laundry as possible before tossing in a load. Try to hang wet towels for multiple uses, and encourage your kids to wear pajamas more than one night in a row.
Your HVAC system struggles
HVAC systems work to heat, ventilate, and air condition your home. However, at extreme temperatures, whether that be cold and hot, your HVAC system must work extra hard in order to keep your home at the right temperature. You may feel frustrated as you hear your air conditioning unit run seemingly nonstop, yet your home still feels warm. In the summer, it’s important to understand that your HVAC system needs help when dealing with extreme temperatures, and supplement the system with other cooling options.
When cooling your home, using supplements to your HVAC system is the best plan of action to keep a comfortable inside temperature and a comfortable number on the electric bill. Install ceiling fans in the most commonly used living spaces to help circulate air, and ensure the blades are spinning in the proper direction in to properly cool each room. It’s also important to make small changes to every day life in order to relieve your HVAC system. For example, cooking outside can keep warm temperatures from generating in your house. Turn lights and other electronics off when not in use as they emit heat, and try to keep blinds and curtains drawn during the day to shut out unwanted hot weather.
Your roof needs extra TLC
As weather warms, your roof sees a larger variety of conditions than any other time of the year. For example, on Monday your roof might be pelted with hail and rain and on Tuesday it might experience relentless sunshine. These varying conditions can create wear and tear on roofs of any age, and require a little more TLC than you might offer a different time of the year. The impact of storms and sun can cause discoloration, warping, dents, and surface punctures
Keeping your roof updated and clean will help it survive the summer. Consider consulting roofing experts to inspect and repair the parts of your roof that may worry you when the summer sun and storms hit. Ask about the ventilation on your roof to ensure warping doesn’t occur with wind or rain and make sure to have your exterior experts inspect the insulation on your roof.
For more information on how the summer months might impact your home, call J-Tech today. Let us get your home in shape for a great summer by helping with all your exterior issues!
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