As we get further into summer, complaining about the heat becomes the number one conversation starter. By taking the steps to prepare your home for a hot summer, you’ll not only help yourself be more comfortable, but you’ll liven up the quality of your conversation as well! Scroll down and keep reading to learn about three simple steps you can take to prepare your home to protect you from the summer heat.
Call a Professional
When it comes to home repair, you don’t know what you don’t know. This is why you should call inspectors to look at key parts of your home, such as your roof and HVAC. Websites such as Angie’s List, Thumbtack, or HomeAdvisor can help you quickly and easily locate professionals in your area who can assess your home. Most homes have at least a couple places that aren’t functioning effectively in terms of air conditioning and insulation. Calling an inspector can help you identify these places.
Once you’ve identified areas that need improvement, it’s time to take action. Make any necessary repairs to your roof, siding, etc. While repairing your roof, siding, windows, and insulation may seem unrelated to the temperature of your home, they are actually very instrumental in controlling the amount of heat you feel. Before hiring a professional to help with these repairs, make sure you look at the reviews on Homeadvisor, Thumbtack, or whatever service you’re using to find a contractor. Looking at these reviews can help you find contractors that are qualified to make your repairs. Taking steps to make these necessary repairs will help you prepare your home for a hot summer as well as keep your home in great structural condition.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a cost-effective method to keep yourself and those in your house cooler this summer. Although they don’t actively reduce the temperature in your home, they do create a wind chill effect that will help you be able to ignore the heat. Installing ceiling fans in highly trafficked rooms is a great cooling strategy that will supplement your existing air conditioning technology. If used correctly, you can save energy and money with a ceiling fan. Set your thermostat a little higher in the summer, and then use your ceiling fan to make the most of the cool air by circulating it better. Ceiling fans also come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so you’ll be able to feel cool while also making your home more aesthetically pleasing.
Start now to make your home more comfortable in the heat! Talk to a professional, make needed repairs, and install some ceiling fans. The faster you take action, the faster you’ll be comfortable.
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