Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 5/26/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
While you may have gone full throttle on spring cleaning last season, summer is here – and it’s time to get your home ready for the warmer weather.
Don’t rest on your laurels. Here’s what to do to get your home ready for summer.
1. Clean the rugs
If you didn’t have a professional carpet and rug cleaning company do your floors last season, now’s the time to hire an expert.
Rugs and carpet can have lots of dirt buildup deep in their crevices. Over time, this dirt and grime will wear down the carpet fibers. Meaning, the carpeting will no longer be clean and it will look unsightly.
As your family goes in and out of your home more frequently throughout the summer, and the kids drag in grass, dirt and allergens, make sure your floors are clean!
2. Give your A/C a check-up
Get your air conditioning unit tuned-up by a professional at least once a year.
The last thing you want is for your A/C to go out when those high temperatures hit.
A professional can check for damage or leaks and make sure your equipment is running as efficiently as possible.
Make sure clean filters are installed in your heating or cooling systems also.
3. Freshen up your fans
Clean your ceiling and portable fans for maximum efficiency and to eliminate dust.
You don’t want those nasty germs circulating and aggravating the family’s allergies or causing sickness.
Always remember to turn off your fans when they’re not in use and when you leave the house.
4. Curtains count
Bet you never thought about how your window coverings play a role in getting your home ready for summer, did you?
If your curtains are heavy, consider replacing them with a more lightweight material for the warmer months.
If you’re concerned about how much heat is getting in through your windows, think about window tinting or planting some perennials that can create more shade on areas that get the most sun.
5. Wash the windows
One of the most important ways to prepare your home for the summer heat is to clean your windows – inside and out – and check for any damage to the glass.
Rinse window screens and check for rips or holes that could let bugs in – not to mention, put a damper on your curb appeal.
Replace weatherstripping, if necessary. An effective seal around doors and windows keeps the cool air in and the hot air out!
6. Look for leaks
This summer home tip can have a big effect on your budget: Check all of your outside hoses for leaks and repair or replace, if necessary.
Adjust sprinklers and watering time.
This is a good time to make sure you don't have any sprinkler leaks and to reposition sprinkler heads to make sure you’re not wasting water on walls, sidewalks, or the driveway.
During the summer, the best time to water is in the late evening, after the sun has gone down, or early morning, when the air is the coolest.
Follow these summer home tips and beat the heat
Get your home ready for summer by cleaning carpeting and rugs, giving your A/C a check-up, thoroughly cleaning ALL your fans, and possibly changing up your curtains for maximum indoor heat-management.
Keep your windows clean and make sure you don’t have any leaking hoses or sprinklers that can cause your water bill to skyrocket.
When grass-and-mud-covered feet – or paws – go running across your carpets and rugs, call in a reputable, professional carpet and rug cleaning company to lend a hand.