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It’s that time of year, and with temperatures on the rise, you are ready for some fun in the sun. But before you crack out the sunscreen, get your house ready for the summer heat. Here are just a few easy things you can do to prepare your home and yard before the temperatures get unbearable. This includes checking and preparing everything from air conditioners to home windows in Chicago, IL.
- Tune Up Your Air Conditioner
You should have your air conditioning serviced once a year. This will help you stay ahead of most major breakdowns and ensure your unit is ready to combat the summer heat. The last thing you want is air conditioning that gives out on the last day of the year. And if you have one, get your window mounted air conditioner ready. Another thing you can do is change out the air filters and test the seals on your windows and doors. You don’t want to waste money cooling the outside if you have air leaks.
- Dust and Switch the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan
Your ceiling fans are designed to rotate in different directions depending on the season. In the winter you should set your fans to rotate clockwise. This helps distribute the heat that rises and pushes it back down. But in summer you want to switch the direction of your ceiling fan, running it counter-clockwise at higher speeds. You can get a good breeze to help cool things down and give your air conditioning a break.
- Change Out Winter Linens
No more flannel sheets. They served their purpose on cold winter nights. But with the summer heat, you need thinner sheets and blankets. These will breathe better and keep you dry and cool all night long. Don’t underestimate the power of lighter sheets. You might also want to swap out your heavy throw pillows for something lighter and more colorful.
- Prepare the Backyard and Patio
Nothing says summer like blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. So no matter how small, you should prep your outdoor space. Edging and mowing the lawn is key to keeping your yard neat and tidy. And at the very least you want to set up a place to sit yourself and your drink, preferably in the shade. Arbors, canopies, shade trees, awnings—any one of these options can work to turn your yard into a cool retreat.
- Clean, Repair or Replace your Windows
Time to make your window panes sparkle, but don’t grab the power washer. Instead, clean the window frames with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Use a rag and a soft scrub brush to remove most of the dirt and residue. Then move on to cleaning the glass, screens, and tracks of your windows. And while you are cleaning take time to evaluate how your windows fared over the winter. If you notice signs of dry rot, warping, or water damage it might be time for new windows in Chicago, IL.
If you have questions about cleaning and maintaining your Chicago, IL windows contact the experts at Scientific Home Services. With over 30 years in the industry, our experts will make sure you receive the best service possible. Call 253-887-7792 or stop by 1604 15th St SW #110, Auburn, WA 98001.