Summer is almost upon us, and while this is great for sun worshippers, we also have to put up with the sweltering heat and an invasion of bugs keen to spend the season with us. Now is the time to get your home prepared for the hot weather, ensuring a pleasurable time for you and your guests.
To help you make the most of the summer months, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Give your house a check-up
Your house will be your place of solace when the sun becomes overwhelming. Therefore, you need to make sure everything is in working order. Beginning with the air conditioning, replace the air filter to make sure you receive a much-needed blast of welcoming cool air when you head indoors. If you find your AC isn’t working as it should call out a professional as soon as you can, as you can guarantee they will be busy with hot (tempered) customers over the coming weeks. They will check the thermal oil flow switch and check your air duct for leaks as they carry out maintenance, ensuring your home is shipshape for the weeks ahead. Should you be keen on cutting down on your electricity bills, consider buying an energy-efficient AC unit if your current one is more than 15 years old. Considering you will be using it a lot over the days ahead, you don’t want it breaking down on you.
You don’t want to lose your cool air through badly insulated doors and windows so you should also check for possible leaks and seal them with caulks. This will set you up for the cold winter months too.
Beat the bugs
A buzzing fly and a pesky wasp can make for annoying house guests in the summer, so you should make an effort to alleviate the problem. You can guarantee your house will be a target for pests if you leave doors and windows open, so despite the heat, limit the amount of entrances they have to your home. Sealing your windows with caulk will help, as will putting up mesh screens. Spraying pesticide around your house perimeter will kill them off before they get indoors, and you may want to give your countertops and sinks a good spray too. You should make your own DIY version if you have pets and small children around as chemicals found in pesticides can be harmful to the touch and taste.
Your garden will be prone to ants and wasps, keen to sample the tasty treats you leave outside for them. Be sensible and remove waste food, and use bottled drinks instead of cans, as you don’t want to swallow unwelcome bugs.
Stock your refrigerator
Now is the time to make room for those summer treats your family enjoys, so make plenty of space for ice cream and refreshing cold drinks. If you are planning on having a summer barbecue, you are going to need a variety of sausages, etc. for outdoor meals.
Enjoy your summer!