Summer is finally here. Make adjustments today, so your home stays safe as the temperature rises. Check out our partner Rebuilding Together’s top ten tips to keep your home healthy, when it’s warm outside.
1. Make sure your air conditioning unit is in good working condition.
2. Check your windows for drafts.
3. Use fans and ventilation to help cool your home.
Fans are a good way to keep cool without relying on air conditioning. To conserve energy, ceiling fans should be on the counter-clockwise setting and turned off when you’re not in the room.
4. Change the setting on your water heater.
In the summer, help lower your energy bill by turning down your water heater to the warm setting.
5. Avoid using appliances that heat up your home.
6. Change your water filter.
Staying hydrated is very important in the summer. To ensure that you drink clean, fresh, and mildew-free water, replace your water filtration system.
7. Power wash the outside of your home.
The heat and humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow faster on your home’s exterior. Use a power washer, as well as a mildew remover, compatible with your siding.
8. Check your deck and patio for safety hazards.
Check for loose boards, railings, and protruding nails in your outdoor spaces.
9. Use your window coverings to help with temperature control.
Blinds and curtains are a good way to keep sunlight out on hot days. Close them to keep your rooms cooler and energy bills lower.
10. Make a long term investment in insulation.
Adding insulation will save you money in the long run. It helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
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