Thursday, May 17, 2012

Guest Post: Get Your House Ready for Summer

5 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Summer
By: Jake David 



With summertime right around the corner, many homeowners are looking for ways to spruce up their homes in anticipation. Preparing your home for summer can help it stay beautiful throughout the torturously hot months and can even help you save money. Here are five ways to prepare your home for summer.

Annihilate Weeds

If you thought the weeds in your lawn or garden were bad in the spring, just wait until summer gets here! Weeds are resilient plants that seem to thrive on hardship. You can rest assured that the heat of the glaring sun will only make them bigger and stronger. In order to prevent them from taking over, it's best to get rid of them now. There's nothing that can replace good, old fashioned hand-weeding, but some things are a close second. For bigger weeds, try dousing them with a pot of boiling water. For smaller weeds, disturb the first inch of soil with a hoe or rake. This uproots tiny weed seedlings and prevents them from producing another generation.

Air Conditioner Condition

Since you're going to need to run the air conditioning soon, make sure your systems are in good working order. If it's a window model, remove the filter from the front and clean it out. It's also recommended that you remove the housing from your unit and check the inside for accumulated dust and debris. If you went all last year without cleaning it out, you will probably have a lot of caked-on dust to contend with. If you have central air conditioning, be sure to change the main filters for your cooling ducts. This small amount of maintenance can extend the life of your units and save you money on utility bills.

Siding and Home Exteriors

The exterior of a house can become surprisingly filthy. Dirt, pollen and other debris floats through the air and sticks to the siding. After enough dirt accumulates on it, it starts to look unkempt and ugly. It may even make your home hotter inside since darker materials, such as dirt, absorb sunlight. You can clean the sides of your home using a power washer or a garden hose sprayer.

Attic Fan

If you want to save even more on your cooling bills this summer, you can't go wrong with an attic fan. Installing one of these simple devices directs excess heat and humidity to the outside. This not only keeps your home cooler but also makes your roof last longer. With less exposure to heat and humidity from underneath, roofing shingles will decay more slowly.

Shade Gardening

One of the best ways to keep your home cool and attractive throughout the summer is to protect it from the sun. When the sun beats on your home, it can make the internal temperature soar and also causes wear to its exterior. To create good sun protection, consider planting some fast-growing shade trees. You may not be enjoying this benefit this summer, but it will pay off in the future.


About the Author
Jake David is the online marketing manager of Supercrew Projects, a basement development company in Calgary.

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