4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For A Comfortable Summer

By: Tracy Phelan

4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For A Comfortable Summer


4 maintenance jobs to tackle for a carefree summer

Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to tackle some maintenance tasks around the house. Once you’re done with these four indoor and outdoor things, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy all that summer brings.

With the warm weather of summer is here to stay, it’s time to take care of your home’s warm-weather needs. Once you’ve tackled these indoor and outdoor tasks, your only job will be to grab a cold drink, sit back in your lounge chair, and soak in the fun and sun of summer. Here are four ways to prepare your home for a most comfortable summer.

Inside The House

While you probably won’t be spending a great deal of time indoors this summer, it’s still a good idea that you take care of these things, so you don’t have to worry about them again for an entire year.

Get your air conditioner serviced: If you haven’t already, it’s time to get your air conditioning unit serviced. It may have worked just fine when you shut it off last year, but that doesn’t mean it will this year. At the very least, change the filters and make sure it’s cooling well before hot weather hits.

Change out smoke detector batteries: A good rule of thumb is to change smoke detector batteries when you turn your clocks ahead in the spring.

Clean dryer vents: Lint-filled dryer vents are a leading cause of house fires. Prevent fire risk by cleaning your dryer vents out religiously every summer.

Consider upgrading your thermostat: If your thermostat is old, you may be wasting money. Today’s thermostats are highly efficient and more convenient than ever before, so consider replacing yours if you haven’t for several years.

Outside The House

If you’re like most people, you’ll spend a great deal of time outside this summer. Make it a great place to be by taking care of these seasonal outdoor chores.

Plant grass seed: If your lawn is patchy, planting grass seed now will help fill in those bare spots. Just remember to keep it watered well as it germinates and grows.

Clear gutters and downspouts: If you noticed rainwater spilling over your gutters, it’s a good indication there’s a clog somewhere. Get on a ladder and clean out all your home’s gutters and downspouts so water can flow freely down and away from your foundation.

Take care of your lawnmower: Just like a car, your mower needs a little TLC once in a while, too. Change its oil, sharpen its blades, and make sure it is in good running order so there are no issues when it’s time to cut the lawn.

Clean your grill: Ideally, you’re cleaning your grill after every use, but if not, that’s OK, too. Make your grill cook like new again by cleaning it thoroughly with a brush and some hot, soapy water.

Summer is a busy season full of things to do and people to see. However, there’s also a lot of household maintenance tasks that need tending to as well. Be sure to tackle them early in the season so you can enjoy your summer months in comfort.

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