It’s finally May and that means getting your home, lawn, and garden ready to face the summer and all of the joys and perils that it brings! In today’s article, we’re going to give you the rundown of some of the top things that you as a homeowner can do in order to prepare your home for the summer heat. While we can’t magically make each day 81 degrees and sunny, we can help you make sure that your home is ready to help you and your family flourish this or any summer, no matter what it throws at you.
Turn Your Ceiling Fans Counterclockwise
Plenty of us will forget this very important step to help you beat the heat, but it can make a huge difference! Making sure that your ceiling fans are spinning in the correct direction for summer will help you save on your cooling bills and will allow you to sleep better at night with a cool breeze on you from your properly working ceiling fan. An easy way to remember to make the swap is to do it when you change your clocks for Spring-Forward and Fall-Back. As you change your clocks, go ahead and swap your ceiling fan direction.
Change The Batteries In Your Smoke Detectors (And Test Them!)
Summer is the peak season for wildfires and for other fire hazards in and around the home. Help protect your family by ensuring that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order by testing them at the beginning of summer and replacing their batteries. They should be replaced and tested every six months, so set a reminder for the fall/winter.
Replace Your HVAC Filters
If your furnace filter hasn’t been changed since before the holiday season, then you will absolutely want to get it swapped out now before summer kicks off in full swing. Swap out your furnace filters with fresh new ones to help your HVAC system run more efficiently and cleanly.
Schedule An AC Inspection And Tune-Up With A Professional
If your AC unit hasn’t been inspected or tuned up in a few years, then it might be time to do so, especially before the heat of the summer kicks in. Call your local professional today to get a quick inspection and tune-up scheduled before they get too booked up this summer.
Check For Air Leaks In Doors And Windows And Reseal As Necessary
Go around each door and window and inspect the seals to make sure that no outside air is seeping in through new cracks or worn seals. Turn off the lights in the house and look around the seals of your doors and windows. If you can see spots of sunlight peeking in, then you have cracks and broken seals and that means that your cool air is slowly seeping out into the summer heat and the hot air is flowing in. You may even want to consider replacing your front door with a heavier insulated door to help keep the heat out and the cool air in.
Keeping your home cool during the summer months can be a bit of a daunting task but we hope that today’s list will help get you started. We want to make sure that every homeowner is prepared for the task ahead with the best news and information and quality products available. Shop our store online here or contact us to learn more about what FAMCO has to offer when it comes to high quality HVAC supplies and ventilation accessories.