Ask an Agent: How do I get my home ready for summer?

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Now that the temperature’s rising, it’s time to get your home ready to enjoy the warm weather. But before you crank up the air conditioning and turn on the sprinklers, make sure you inspect your house.

1. Tune up your air conditioner. Get a professional tune-up on your air conditioning unit at least once a year. The last thing you want is for your A/C to go out when the temperatures reach 90. A professional can check for damage or leaks and make sure your equipment is running as efficiently as possible.

2. Clean and adjust fans. Clean your ceiling and portable fans for maximum efficiency and minimum dust. Turn off your fans when they’re not in use and when you leave the house to avoid a fire.

3. Check air filters. Install clean filters in your heating and/or cooling systems. Washable home furnace/HVAC system filters can be cleaned and reused. They only require replacement every few years, saving you money in the long run. Don’t skimp on the quality, though, and follow the directions for proper cleaning and drying.

4. Rethink your appliance use. Skip the oven, which can create heat in your home and make it more difficult to cool down. Instead, use the grill. Running appliances, like your dishwasher and washer/dryer at night will save energy and money. The humidity created from the dishwasher can compete with the cooling effects of the A/C, and energy prices may be slightly lower on off-peak hours, such as bedtime.

5. Create shade. Replace heavy curtains with a lighter material. Consider window tinting or plantings that can create more shade in areas that get the most sun.

6. Clean windows. Keep the cool air in and the hot air out! Clean windows inside and out and check for any damage to glass. Rinse window screens and check for damage. Replace weather stripping if necessary.

7. Adjust your thermostat. Install a programmable thermostat, if you don’t already have one. Benefits: increased comfort, more control, big savings! By ensuring that your cooling system isn’t running all day or night, a programmable thermostat can help lower energy costs.



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