Summertime is almost here, and with that comes some things to keep in mind in regards to your home. The following are just a few household issues to be mindful of as summer approaches.
Check The Plumbing
Plumbing issues are best addressed in summer, especially if you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures during the winter.
It is also typically easier to spot any leaks and issues when the water is not freezing. Check around your house for puddles and see if you can find the source. Sometimes the issue is as simple as tightening a loose connection. Other times you will need more in-depth maintenance.
Next, it is a good idea to flush your hot water heater. Check the manual and be sure to follow all instructions and safety precautions. If in doubt, consult with an expert.
Tune-up Your Cooling System
Summer means heat. If you have an air conditioner, it is a good idea to make sure that it is clean and in working order. Replace the inside filter as needed, clean indoor air vents, and ensure that the outside unit is clean and functioning properly. Again, consult with an expert if in doubt. Make sure there is no debris around the outside unit to prevent future issues.
Depending on the age of the home, it is sometimes a good idea to have ductwork cleaned to make sure that there is proper air flow. This will prevent your unit from working harder than it has to, and help keep your house cool. It is a good idea to test your unit. To do this, use a thermometer next to the thermostat to make sure that your unit is functioning properly. You will also want to check to make sure your windows are properly sealed. Look for condensation or feel along the window from outside for any cool air escaping. If you aren’t sure whether your AC system is up to par with the upcoming summer temperatures, contact a professional.
Adjust Your Ceiling Fans
Perhaps one of the easiest things you can do to prep your home for summer is to change the direction of your ceiling fan.
For the summer months, your fan should run in a counter-clockwise direction to push the cool air down and circulate it around the room. For winter months, a clockwise direction will distribute the warmer air that rises. Look for a switch on the base of the fan. This will allow you to change the direction as needed.
A few simple steps will keep your home cool in the summer heat, as well as prevent further issues in the future.
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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. Dixie consulted a professional from Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning for the information in this piece. Find her on G+, Facebook, and Twitter!