Even though summer is officially upon us, it’s still not too late to prepare for the heat, rain, and heaven forbid hurricanes. Mother Nature throws a lot at us during these warm summer months, but here are some tips to get your home ready.
1. Air Conditioning Maintenance – The last thing you want is your AC to go out during a warm August day, so make sure you change your filters, dust off vents and clean dirt or debris from your outside unit. If you feel your system is not cooling properly after these steps, it might be time to call a professional who can test the unit and air ducts as well as check for potential leaks.
2. Prevent Water Damage – It all starts with the foundation, so take a look around your home to ensure there are no cracks where water can come in. Make sure your windows and doors are also properly sealed and caulked and test your gutters. For this, you can use a garden hose. Place it in the gutter and run it. Check for leaks coming from where they shouldn’t be. And from top to bottom, make sure there are no leaks in the roof. It’s best to call a professional to check the outside, but you can easily check for leaks inside by scanning your ceiling for any water spots. Heavy rains can cause a lot of damage to your home if the roof is already damp from previous leaks.
3. Landscaping– Strong storms can cause heavy tree limbs to weaken and break, so it’s best to trim them back and away from your home.
4. Ceiling Fans – How often do you dust your ceiling fans? Like many, probably not frequently enough. Fans are a great way to circulate air during warm months, but they can always circulate a lot of dust if not cleaned often. Another trick to help distribute air flow is to switch the rotation. During warm months, your fan should rotate counter-clockwise to create a breeze. To change the direction, look for the small black switch near the base.
5. Storm Emergency Kit – It never hurts to be prepared. Hurricanes aren’t the only storms that can knock out power, so stock up early on things like batteries, flashlights, bottled water, canned food, first aid kit, radio, duct tape, etc. Keep all these items together so they are easy to find in the event of an emergency.
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