With summer around the corner, there a few things you can do to make sure you are ready for the season.  When summer arrives, the last thing we want to do is be laden with chores and expensive repairs.  No.  We want to bask in the sun, enjoy the multitude of community events and relax on our patios making the most of the warm temperatures and long days.

The end of spring is a great time to get your home in order.  In this article, we’ll focus on ways to keep your home cool inside so you can have fun outside.  Here are 5 things you can do now in order to have more time for fun come summer.

  1. Schedule an air conditioner checkup.  There are many companies in the area that provide this service.  Similar to a furnace checkup, it is wise to have your AC unit inspected so it will function properly when those high temperatures hit.  An annual inspection will make sure your unit functions at its best.  Also, when an air conditioner works right, you’ll spend less on energy bills.
  2. Reverse your ceiling fans. Fans have a function on them to change the direction of the airflow.  Warm air rises, so in the winter time, it is best to have the fan run clockwise to push warm air down.  In the summer, change the rotation to counterclockwise to push the warm air up.  Your home will stay cooler and the air flow will reduce your reliance on your air conditioner.
  3. Cold drafts in the winter time are no friend to your family or heating bills. Similarly, drafts in the summer time can let cool air escape.  Walk around your home with a caulking gun to seal any drafts that you find.  Windows and doorways are common places for drafts as well as small entry points like where your pipes, cable lines, and vents affix to your home.  Sealing up these areas with silicone will keep your cool air inside and prevent pests and bugs from entering your home during the hot days of summer.
  4. Speaking of bugs, you’ll also be wise if you take steps now to prevent bugs from invading your home. You can call a local pest control company to spray for the season, or do it yourself with a perimeter spray. 
  5. Prevent foundation water damage before it happens. The hot weather may have you running your sprinklers more often, or a summer storm can damage your roof.  Make sure your gutters are cleaned out so water flows away from your home properly, and take a look at your landscape to ensure the grade of your lawn draws water away from it.

Of course, summer is known for intense storms, as well.  While there isn’t much you can do to protect your home against Mother Nature, know you can call LaPointe Construction Board up Service to protect your home after a weather event.  Our Board up Service can protect your home’s interior from additional water damage and pests until repairs can be completed.  We’ll board up your windows, roof, or wall damage so you can focus on summer fun.

If a summer storm damages your home, you can count on our Board Up Services to take care of you.  Call us at 978-447-5991 or visit our Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.