Summertime is known for nice weather, with outdoor activities and trips being far more common in order to take advantage of the enjoyable climate. However, this doesn’t come without its drawbacks, and similar to how bugs and heat affect you, the same applies to your home. Homeowners should have an understanding as to what they can expect to encounter over this season, and prepare themselves for it as a result. Here are some common problems homes tend to run into over the summer, and how to prevent them.
Mosquitoes and flies aren’t the only nuisances you have to worry about during the summer. Termites tend to become far more rampant during the summer, particularly in dry climates. They never stop eating and never rest, meaning it can be tough for you to pinpoint where they are since they are always on the move. Therefore, the best thing you can do is make sure your siding is in good shape. Keep an eye out for any cracks or peeling paint to make sure no insects can get inside. This can be sealed up with a fresh coat of paint, although if the damage is severe it may be necessary for you to invest in a new layer of siding.
Hot temperatures and increased humidity create a prime environment for mold and algae to grow in enclosed spaces, such as the inside of your walls and your attic space. This can lead to many medical conditions including allergies or respiratory illnesses. This can be avoided simply through air conditioning, where the air is cooled and constantly circulated. In addition to that, you should check your roofing and siding to ensure that there are no gaps and cracks letting moisture in. Our contractors can help you with this through scheduling an inspection.
Malfunctioning Air Conditioner
Air conditioning is a major priority during the summer, as they contribute to creating a place of refuge from the sweltering heat. However, since they aren’t in use for most of the year, they can sometimes malfunction when reactivated again, resulting in breakdowns and operational inefficiency. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, keep the surfaces surrounding the AC unit clear of dust and debris, and have an HVAC professional inspect your AC system if it malfunctions. Failure to do so can result in dehydration and increased risk of heatstroke.
If you want to make sure that your home is ready for the summer and beyond, contact us to perform an inspection on your home’s exterior. Call us at 781-393-4427, or fill out an online inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!