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12 Tips for Summer-izing Your Home: How to Get Your Indoors and Outdoors Ready for the Heat


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Now that the temperature is rising, it’s time to get the home ready to enjoy in warm weather! But before you crank up the air conditioning and turn on the sprinklers, make sure you’ve gone around the house to get it ready for the season — giving things a tune up can help you save on energy costs and avoid expensive repairs. Here are a few tips that will help you summer-ize your home!

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  • Air Conditioner Tune Up 1 of 12
    Air Conditioner Tune Up
    Get a professional tune up on your air conditioning unit(s) 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.
  • Check Hoses 2 of 12
    Check Hoses
    Check all of your outside hoses for leaks and repair or replace, if necessary. Often you don't need to replace an entire hose if just one part is busted — picking up a garden hose repair kit at the hardware store can save you from lugging a whole new hose home.
  • Clean and Adjust Fans 3 of 12
    Clean and Adjust Fans
    Clean your ceiling and portable fans for maximum efficiency and minimum dust. Turn off your fans when they are not in use and when you leave the house.
  • Maintain Your Pool 4 of 12
    Maintain Your Pool
    Your pool needs the most maintenance during the summer. To insure the chemical levels and pH balance of your pool are correct, take a water sample into your local pool store, and they will test it for you. Pool water balance is extremely important because it protects your pool equipment and your little swimmers.
  • Check Outlets 5 of 12
    Check Outlets
    Check all of your outside electrical outlets to make sure they are working properly.
  • Check Filters 6 of 12
    Check Filters
    Make sure clean filters are installed in your heating or cooling systems — washable home furnace/HVAC system filers can be cleaned and reused. They only require replacement every few years, saving you money in the long run. Don't skimp on the quality, though, and follow the directions for proper cleaning and drying.
  • Adjust Thermostat 7 of 12
    Adjust Thermostat
    Install a programmable thermostat if you don't already have one. Benefits: increased comfort, more control, and big savings! A programmable thermostat can help lower energy costs by ensuring that your cooling system isn't running all day or night.
  • Adjust Sprinklers 8 of 12
    Adjust Sprinklers
    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 are 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 most cool. Let your grass grow slightly longer in the summer to help retain moisture.
  • Skip The Oven 9 of 12
    Skip The Oven
    Skip the oven, which can create heat in your home and make it more difficult to cool down. Instead, start using the BBQ more often. Run appliances like your dishwasher and washer/dryer at night. Running appliances at night will save energy and money — the humidity created from the dishwasher can compete with the cooling effects of A/C, and energy prices may be slightly lower on off-peak hours, such as bedtime.
  • Create Shade 10 of 12
    Create Shade
    Replace heavy curtains with a lighter material. Consider window tinting or plantings that can create more shade on areas that get the most sun.
  • Clean Windows 11 of 12
    Clean Windows
    Clean your windows inside and out, and check for any damage to glass. Rinse window screens, and check for damage. Replace weather stripping if necessary. Keep the cool air in and the hot air out!
  • Super Clean 12 of 12
    Super Clean
    Check out my Mother-of-All Spring Cleaning Lists. It's a bit much, but if you check off a few, I'd say good start!

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