Summertime is one of the most anticipated seasons, particularly in New England, where most of our year is spent in a cold and rainy climate. This means that when summer does arrive, we do whatever we can to make the most of it, and enjoy the outdoors as much as we can. It also means we rely on our homes to become a place of refuge from the heat, thus requiring them to be just as sealed and controlled as any other time of the year. In preparation for summer, here are 4 things you can do to make sure that your home is prepared for the different climate of summer.
Check Your Air Conditioner
Air conditioners are vital during the summer, as they provide a place of refuge from the hot weather outside. However, they are often subject to malfunction due to the longer periods of time they are spent not in use. To prevent it from breaking down, we recommend changing out the air filter and cleaning the area around the AC unit. If it isn’t working efficiently, you may need to get an HVAC professional to come to inspect your unit.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
As balmy as summer can be, it also comes with a greater danger for stronger storms, and an increased chance for power outages. To prepare in advance for this, we suggest having an emergency kit handy to provide the essentials for most dangerous situations. This can 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.
Seal Your Home Tight
Us contractors constantly talk about the importance of having your home’s cracks sealed to prevent heat inside. However, it also means that keeping heat out and cold air in during warm weather. To ensure that your home remains cool and comfortable during the hottest days, we recommend hiring a contractor to perform an inspection on your exterior. Have them check for any cracks or gaps in your roofing, siding, doors, and windows to ensure that your home remains airtight.
Avoid Moisture & Insect Damage
Climate control isn’t the only concern when you have gaps in your home. During the summer air tends to be more humid, making it easier for moisture to seep under siding and shingles and cause gaps and water damage. Beyond that, insects are more prevalent during the summer, and as a result, can sneak into your home more frequently than before. Drawn by the comfortable and shielded nature of your home, these insects can cause both damage to exposed materials and wood in your home, as well as be a major nuisance to you when you’re indoors.
Interested in having us come over and prepare your home for the summer? Our contractors over at Salemi Exteriors are well-versed with any problems your exterior may encounter. Contact us at 978-804-5972, or submit an online inquiry form.