With summer just around the corner, it’s time for a spot of gardening, barbecues in the backyard, and socializing in the comfort of your outdoor space. As you begin to venture outside, you will probably notice that your outdoor area needs a bit of work. Not to fear, with a bit of TLC, your backyard will look great in no time. Here are a few top tips to help you ready your home for the summer season.
Keep Bugs Away
As the environment begins to warm up, you will notice more and more bugs around the home. Insects come out of hiding in the summer months, and it can be difficult to get on top of an infestation once they come out in full force. Before the problem gets out of hand, take measures to keep the insects away. Inspect your home for cracks where bugs can squeeze their way in, and seal them up with some caulk and spackle. Inspect insect screens for holes and replace them with new units if necessary. Try to clear up debris, such as piles of leaves, to prevent insects from congregating and multiplying.
Prevent Clogged Drains with a Screen
When summer arrives, the last thing you want is to deal with a foul-smelling drain. Unfortunately, this can happen when the drain-waste-vent in your home gets clogged up. The main drain line can become clogged when small animals find their way into the small space through the vent or when birds decide to use your vent as a cozy spot to nest. You can stop this from happening by simply covering the vent with a plumbing stack cover. If the smell lingers, it is a good idea to get in touch with a professional, as there could be a fundamental issue with the vented fixture.
Inspect All Entryways
In the heat of summer, you want to feel cool and comfortable while resting at home. Unfortunately, some people find it difficult to relax due to the humidity of their homes. Before summer hits, make sure you check out every entryway in your property. This includes your front door, other doors in the home, and your windows. Inspect the doors and windows for weather stripping to ensure your entryways are well-insulated. If the weather-stripping is fine, make sure your units are in good condition. Old doors can develop cracks over time and become less weather-resistant. Not only will you feel more comfortable with properly insulated doors and windows, but you will also benefit from reduced costs on your energy bills too.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat is an energy-efficient way to keep your home at an ideal temperature. It can be programmed to keep your home at your desired temperature while you’re around. Smart thermostats can be controlled from a smart device, which means you can even turn it off when you’re not at home and on when you’re half an hour away so that your home will be cool when you arrive.