Make Your Home a Summer Ready Home

by Shea Homes Northern California on June 7, 2013

 

If you live in the Bay Area you know we experienced one of our first big heat waves over the weekend. All Shea Homes are equipped with top of the line air conditioning units, but there are other things you can do to heat-proof your home and get your family ready for the summer.

Clean and Adjust Fans: Have you checked your fans recently? You might be surprised to find out how dusty they are. It only takes a few moments to clean your ceiling and portable fans but doing so will minimize dust and increase the fan’s efficiency.

Appliance Usage – Is it really necessary? During the hot summer months using the oven can really heat up your home. Try to BBQ more often and run appliances like the dishwasher and washer/dryer at night which can save energy and money.

Check Air Filters: If your home is a few years old it might be worth checking out your air filters. Washable home furnace/HVAC system filers can be cleaned and reused and only require replacements every few years.

Shade is Your Friend: If you don’t already have curtains in your home invest in some lighter material curtains that can create shade and help prevent the sun from heating up your home.

Adjust Thermostat: Cooling your home all at once at the end of the day may prove to be time consuming and less energy efficient than setting your thermostat to run automatically when the temperature increases past a pre-determined number. An automatic thermostat is also useful for family’s with pets, to ensure the house does not get too hot while the family is away during the day.

Sprinkler Settings and Repair: It’s important to check on your sprinkler system before it’s too hot outside. Replace leaking sprinklers and re-position sprinkler heads to make sure you’re not wasting water on sidewalks, walls or your driveway.

Consider Umbrellas or Coverings for Guests: There’s nothing more fun than a backyard BBQ on a hot summer day, however if shade is hard to come by at your home it might be worth while to invest in outdoor umbrellas to offer your guests shelter from the heat.

Getting ready for the summer is just half the fun. Once your home is prepared, it’s just a matter of doing what you do best – BBQs, lounging and hanging out. Do you have any summer home prep ideas?

 

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