A Homeowners Guide: Getting Your Home Ready for Summer
June 12th, 2014 by admin
Now that summer is finally here it’s time to transition your home from winter weather to summer weather. It’s important to check that everything is ready and working properly before the intolerable heat hits, so that you aren’t panicking to be cool and comfortable inside your home. Here is a checklist of a few quick and easy ways to get your home summer ready:
What Condition is Your AC Unit in?
We rely on our air conditioning units to escape from the insufferable humidity outside, so it is important to check your unit in advance so you aren’t without cool air for too long.
- First, check your filters and change them if necessary. (And keep changing them as recommended by the manufacturer to keep your cooling system in good condition.) Dirty filters do not allow adequate airflow and will waste energy without properly cooling your home. Studies have shown that constant maintenance can save you up to 20 percent on your cooling bills.
- Change your thermostat to cool and test the unit by turning the temperature in your house down. If your AC unit doesn’t turn on, you may have to contact someone to check for any problems. It is good to do this before the hot weather comes because businesses that repair cooling systems will be swamped this time of year.
- Once you have your unit set up (and cleaned out from the dirt and brush from last year), you should also check that there are no shrubs or trees that are too close to your air conditioner.
What Condition is Your Water in?
In the summer, you want to make sure you are staying hydrated and drinking more water. As it gets warmer outside, it is important to check the quality of your water – especially since water peaks in hardness over the winter. At JK Mechanical, our certified and trained aqua-technicians will offer to test your water for FREE and, if needed, help you to select the best method at solving any problems to improve the quality of your water.
Is Your House Summer Ready AND Energy Efficient?
Transitioning from heating your house in the chilly winter months, it is important to make sure that you are not wasting energy once you switch to cooling your home.
- Check your windows for any drafts and seal them if necessary.
- Buy some white (reflective) blinds for your windows to help keep sunlight out during the day.
- Buy a fan if you don’t have a ceiling fan in your home to help move the air around in your home and keep yourself cool. Use this in addition to your air conditioner. This will allow you to keep the temperature in your home a little higher so you can save some money.
If you’re not sure about anything, you can always contact JK Mechanical where you can find expert and trusted advice.