If global warming has taught us one thing, it’s that the world is getting hotter. And you know it to be true because the proof is in the pudding. The summers get a little more sweltering each year, and living in those conditions can be dangerous. That’s why everyone needs to know how to prepare their home for a comfortable summer.
Change the Thermostat
Every home needs a programmable thermostat. To not have one is doing yourself a real disservice. A programmable thermostat saves you the trouble of constantly getting up and adjusting the temperature inside the house.
Set the thermostat to your desired temperature, and let it handle the rest. You can program it for the day and night. Take it a step further and purchase a smart thermostat. These thermostats know when someone is home and when someone isn’t. They’ll adjust the temperature based on the occupancy in the house and save you some money.
Replace the Air Filters
When was the last time you checked those air filters? It’s probably been a while, huh? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one. Most homeowners neglect this area of their homes. You know the saying: out of sight, out of mind. But here’s your friendly reminder.
You need to replace the air filters for the HVAC system. Otherwise, it won’t function properly when you need the AC to kick on. After a long winter of keeping the heat flowing, you know those filters have been through the wringer. Swap them out with some fresh ones to take on the summer.
Get a Dehumidifier
If you’re wondering why you should add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system, wonder no more. These babies work effectively inside homes, and you need one of them for this summer. Don’t rely solely on your HVAC system to take care of your home and its occupants.
It might need a little backup. And a dehumidifier does a lot more than improve the air quality inside your home. But that perk alone is reason enough to install one. It’s always a treat to breathe in fresh air.
Search and Seal Cracks
Houses settle over time, and that might cause some wear and tear. It’s natural, but that’s not to say the problems should fester. When you notice a crack or a hole anywhere, you need to seal it. Cracks in the foundation of the home allow hot air to seep through.
And it also sends a message to uninvited guests that you want them to come right inside. Sealing off the cracks won’t stop every bug from entering your home, but it will minimize their activity and keep the cool air inside where it belongs.
You want your home to be a safe haven over the summer. That means you need to prepare it so that everyone is comfortable.