For many, summertime is everyone’s favorite time of the year. The weather is warm and the sun is shining, meaning you can go out and fully enjoy the outdoors. With all that on your mind, preparing your home to perform well in the hot summer heat is likely the last thing on your mind. This is something you should reconsider, as most homes in Massachusetts are built to handle the mostly cold climate throughout the year, but may not be as resilient against warmer, more humid seasons. Therefore to avoid putting a dampener on your summer fun, here are 5 things you should do now to prep your home for summer.
Check Your Air Conditioner
Everyone knows that a colder, air-conditioned home is an essential refuge away from the hot summer heat. That being said, your air-conditioner can malfunction after spending the past several months being out of commission. Avoid this by replacing your air filter and cleaning the area around the air conditioning unit and vents. Try running your air conditioner to see if it is cooling your home effectively. If it isn’t working efficiently, you may need to call in an HVAC professional to check for leaks and defects in your A/C unit.
Shield Yourself from Moisture Damage
Humidity damage becomes more of an issue during the summertime, and this means cracking down on the state of your exterior even more than usual. Start by inspecting your siding for warping, cracks, or rot. A lot of the time these are more subtle than you think, however, so it’s best to call in a contractor to inspect it. You will want to do the same with your roof. Both your siding and roof shingles can be subject to condensation building up underneath as a result of the extra moisture in the air, and can sow the seeds for potential damages in the future.
Bug Proof Your Home
One thing nobody likes about summer are all the bugs that come out to play, and your home is no exception to this either. Beyond the internal damage that can be caused by certain types of bugs to exposed wood and material, a lot of insects find safety in the enclosed controlled environment of your home and will crawl through any nooks or cracks that may be in there. Make sure to hire a skilled exterior contractor to inspect your home, or at least check your windows or doors for cracks and gaps that can be taken care of with a little caulking.
Dust Your Ceiling Fans
If your home has a ceiling fan, chances are that it hasn’t gotten a lot of use, and has accrued a lot of dust. To prevent that layer of dust from spreading throughout the room the moment you turn it on, take the time to dust and clean them. One trick to prevent all the dust from falling down is to use an old pillowcase to clean it, allowing you to collect the dust inside the case.
Have a Storm Emergency Kit Handy
While summer weather is known for being nice and amicable, it can also get nasty pretty fast. Avoid this by preparing an emergency kit in advance, complete with any essentials you might need in the case of a powerful storm or power outage. These include a strong flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, canned food and a can opener, duct tape, cellphone chargers, and a radio. While the chances of an actual disaster are unlikely, it always pays to have a contingency in place for when anything does happen.
These are a few of the things you can use to ensure yourself a fun and enjoyable summer. While many are things you can do for yourself, anything regarding your home’s exterior is something that is usually best left to the professionals. At Innovative Contracting Services, we offer top-notch roofing and siding services to ensure that homeowners can protect their investment for the long term, as well as have full enjoyment of their home. We perform regular inspections on homes to ensure that they are in perfect condition, and if there are any problems with it, our contractors have the experience and skill to execute any repairs or replacements needed. Contact us at 781-393-4427, or fill out an online inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!