In order to prepare your home for summer, there are several easy yet very efficient steps to take. They will make your house much more comfortable during the peak of the heat wave, and you will not feel like in some of Dante’s infamous circles of the Inferno.
The more of the things described below you do, the more satisfactory the effects are going to be:
- Clean up your house, and carry out a major rubbish removal project. Rubbish removals may seem unnecessary, but truth is that while you are de-cluttering the place you will notice a lot of useless objects that you do not need. Get rid of them and your home will become much easier to maintain, which is very important at any time, but especially in summer.
- Change the filters of your Air conditioning system. During summer when the A/C is going to be in use almost constantly, it is of great importance that you tend to them on a regular basis. If you change the filters every three or so months during the rest of the year, now you should do it at least once a month.
- If your air conditioning is to be changed due to some trouble it makes, or simply because it is too old already, do not wait for the summer to come in order to do that. Thus you will avoid the risk of melting down in the heat while the technicians are installing your new appliance.
- Don’t forget to test the air ducts for leaks or seals if you want the whole cooling system to operate properly. If you are not sure that you are up to task, you would better call a technician to do a proper check up and make sure that everything is alright.
- Unless you have already done that while preparing for a harsh winter, make sure to update the insulation of the entire house. Making the place cool is actually not the hard part, keeping it that way is what is going to cause you most of your troubles. Proper insulation however is going to help you win that fight.
- During the hottest parts of the day, make sure that as little sun enters the house as possible. Use curtains and blinds. Even though this will make your home a bit gloomy, it will also keep it cool, which is the main purpose of the whole endeavor after all.
- Ceiling fans can also be very useful so you can consider installing such at least in the rooms where you spend most of your time in while at home.
- If the situation is dire, e.g. the heat outside is worse than you have expected, you might want to take drastic measures – either leave the country and migrate in some Baltic country, or at least limit the use of every heat generating device at home to the bare minimum. We are talking about the stoves, blow-dryer, TV set, computers etc.