With summer just on the horizon, you are likely ready for outdoor bbq's, warm outdoor walks, and lazy tanning by the pool. In other words, you do whatever you can to make the most out of the most fun season of the year. In spite of our desire to be outdoors however, we still rely on the shelter of our homes just as much, using them as refuge from exceptionally hot days in the sun, thus requiring them to be just as sealed and controlled as the rest of the year. Therefore, in preparation for summer, here are 4 things you can do to make sure that your home is prepared for a different climate for the summer.
Have Your Air Conditioner CheckedOn days where the heat is unbearable, air-conditioned rooms tend to feel like nirvana. However, since they spend most of the year not in use, they tend to be subject to malfunction more than your heating system, resulting in more breakdowns. To prevent this, we recommend changing out the air filter of your unit, and cleaning the area around it to clear out dust & debris that might clog it. If after this it still doesn't work efficiently, you may need to get an HVAC professional to come inspect your unit.
Be Prepared for EmergenciesWarm weather tends to come with a greater danger for stronger storms, particularly if the climate is humid like Pittsburgh. Therefore it is smart to have contingencies in place in the event of a power outage or storm. The easiest way is to have an emergency kit in the house. You don't need an extravagant one, just one that includes a strong flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, canned food and a can opener, duct tape, cellphone chargers, and a radio.
Seal Your Home TightFor most of the year, we contractors constantly stress the importance and value of keeping heat inside. However, during the summer time, it is the opposite, as you want your home to be sealed tight to ensure that you maintain control of the climate, and that cool air doesn't get out. To ensure that this is the case, we recommend hiring a contractor to perform an inspection on your roof and siding, as well as smaller details like doors & windows. Make sure that everything is sealed, and that no gaps, cracks, or missing components let any air in.
Avoid Moisture & Insect DamageOf course, gaps don't just let in air. They allow moisture to seep under gaps in shingles and siding, causing cracks and water damage. This is an issue that tends to be a major problem for humid climates like Pittsburgh. In addition to that, insects tend to be more prevalent and can become a major infestation issue if your home is not sealed properly. These insects can not only be a large nuisance and health hazard but can also cause damage to exposed materials and wood in your home.
As you can see, it is important to have your home in good condition if you want to fully enjoy the benefits of summer. If you feel like you could benefit from the expertise of our experienced contractors, contact us at (724) 554 – 6224, or fill out our online inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!
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