Summer is almost here! While the snow and ice are behind us, the warmer temperature brings its own slew of weather dangers and home maintenance issues, from summer storms and insect problems to energy efficiency concerns. Here is a list of a few things that you can do now to prepare your home for summer, so you can spend more time actually enjoying those warmer temperatures, like with barbeques, campouts and water recreation, and not working on your home.
• Clean your gutters. Go ahead and remove all of the dead leaves, sticks and dirt that have accumulated in your gutter to get ready for heavy late spring and summer rains.
• Inspect the caulking around windows, doors and others openings into the home. Cold weather can cause windows and doors to separate slightly from the frame. A quick application of caulk or sealant can take care of this. If you have existing weather stripping, check it to ensure that it is still intact and providing a tight seal around the door or window.
• Change the direction of your ceiling fans so that they push air downward into your rooms to create a cool breeze.
• Replace your HVAC filters often. You may need to replace your air filters more often in the spring and summer when allergens are higher.
• Plant shade trees near your windows and outside air conditioning unit to keep your home cooler and your unit running more efficiently.
• Check your window and doors screens. Clean, repair and replace screens as needed.
• Remove dead or dying trees and shrubs. These can become especially hazardous during storms or wildfires. Likewise, trim back branches that extend over your home’s roof.
• Inspect your basement and roof for leaks. In storm season, quick heavy rains could cause flooding and be devastating to your home, so be sure that your home is leak-free.
• Keep valuables, expensive things, pieces of art, family mementos, etc. stored on top levels of your home and on shelves or tables (off the ground).
• Consider updating your insulation. You can add insulation to help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Your Lancaster home is built to withstand a lot, but needs a little TLC from time to time to keep it in top shape. Visit www.keystonecustomhome.com to learn more about the features, floor plans and communities available.