Preparing Your Home for Summer Heat

As the weather heats up, there are plenty of summer home maintenance chores for Rockford homeowners to check off their lists. From ensuring that your AC unit is functioning correctly to properly ventilating the home, here are some warm weather tips to keep in mind.

Schedule an AC Inspection

HVAC systems can fall out of repair during the winter months, so it is important to have your air conditioner checked out before summer arrives. Be sure to clean any vents or filters thoroughly before you use your air conditioner for the first time. Accumulated dust and debris can easily circulate around the home, leading to allergies.

Keep an Eye Out for Mold

Because summer means drier conditions, many people make the mistake of assuming that mold is not an issue when the temperature rises. Air conditioning units often produce condensation, which can lead to the growth of mold during the summer. If you notice the growth of mold in or around the home, be sure to call Leaders in Disaster Restoration to schedule an inspection for home mold remediation Rockford residents can trust.

Inspect for Leaks

From summer storms to HVAC leaks, it is important to thoroughly inspect your home for any sign of leakage. Weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors are also important when it comes to maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC system. Improperly sealed windows and doors leak cool air, meaning that it takes more energy and money to keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the summer months.

Choose Green Energy Products

There are a variety of green energy products available to help keep your home cool during the summer without spending too much money or wasting electricity. Consider purchasing reflective film, room darkening blinds, or roller shades that reflect sunlight to prevent the summer sunshine from heating your home in the first place. Also keep in mind that older cooling units, such as fans and outdated air conditioners, can be a huge drain on your power supply. Even when your cooling devices are not plugged in, they may still be draining energy. A great summer tip is to ensure that only necessary appliances remain plugged in when not in use. Since many homeowners spend extra time outdoors during the summer, you can save big by only using your air conditioner when the house is occupied.

Adjust Your Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans should rotate clockwise during the winter so rising heat can flow evenly throughout the room, but when summer rolls around, you should adjust your fan to spin counter-clockwise. This minor adjustment makes a big difference by producing a cooling breeze that reduces the need to rely on an air conditioner. Summer is a fun and exciting time of year that doesn't have to coincide with a higher energy bill. Use these tips to keep your Rockford home cool throughout the summer and call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 to schedule a summertime inspection.
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