It's that time of year, when the sun is shining bright and hot and all we really have on our minds is getting out of the extreme heat. However, before you run off to beat the heat, here are few things to take care of at home.
1. Get your air conditioner ready
Cleaning your AC unit and having any necessary service will help it work at its best capacity. Cleaning and servicing your unit is crucial to make sure that you do not have to wait on a repair for several days when it is 110 degrees out. Having a professional service to clean the coils and removing any debris from around your unit can ensure it runs smoothly all summer long.
2. Change you’re A/C filters and Seal Air Gaps
Since we live is a hot desert climate, clean, new a/c filters is a good way to keep electric bills down. Checking doors and windows for any areas that need to be shored up as proper insulation will help keep cold air in and warm air out.
3. Change the filter in your fridge too
Summer is a good time to check the filter in your refrigerator. If it's more than six months old, get a new one so all that lemonade you make on sunny summer days tastes as fresh as possible.
4. Consider adding sunscreens and keep blinds closed
By closing yourblinds you can avoid the hot sun pouring in through windows adding heat to the home. The summer sun is strong and can even bleach carpet, furniture, and damage wood. Adding sunscreens will filter the light and by keeping blinds closed will help avoid added heat and keep furnishings from sun damage.
5. Adjust your sprinklers
Your lawn may need to be watered more frequently during the summer as well as drought tolerant scrubs. Either way, it's time to get your hands on that automatic sprinkler control. You don't want to be the only house on your block with brown grass. And you don't want to get in trouble by the water police either!
6. Trim your trees
We all know how crazy the wind can blow during monsoon season. Trees can cause a lot of damage to structures if they become top heavy and blow over or if a limp breaks, especially mesquite trees. Be sure to trim the canopy of your trees to avoid property or tree damage.
7. Check the roof
Give the outside of your home a summer check-up by walking the perimeter of your home checking for slipped roof tiles and tree debris that can get caught in roof tiles. With such a long dry season, it is very probable that roof flashing, caulking, and mortar caps can have gaps that will allow water in. Preventative roof maintenance is the best insurance for our summer storms.