As summer begins in its full fury, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the smouldering heat of the season is to become summer-ready. You can do this by simply following a few tips and tricks to prepare your home and yourself to combat the heat of the season. From getting your refrigerator tuned to the right temperature for a chilled glass of water, to getting your AC units serviced, there are many important tasks at hand. To the summer ordeal easier, we’ve put together a must-do list of tasks to help you make your home summer-ready.
The Summer Home Checklist
1. Home Appliances
The most important appliance in your house during summer is the AC unit. It is very important that you manage your AC unit properly for it to function fully well during hot days and nights. Along with maintaining cool during summers, if your AC unit is serviced well before each summer, it will last longer. Sudden temperature fluctuations can adversely affect your gadgets. That is why it is important to keep an eye out for malfunctions and overheating.
The second most used appliance in your home during summers would be the refrigerator. With the constant opening and closing of the fridge door, it is important to get maintenance done before summer hits us with full force. Another thing you can do is clean it out. Throw out the expired items and perishables that have gone bad or are starting to spoil, and clear out the space for water bottles, ice creams and other summer coolers. With fewer items, your refrigerator will also function more effectively.
2. Dust, dust, dust!
Summers can be extremely dry. Such hot and dry climate can add to your health issues like swollen sinuses. And if your home gathers dust, then the heat and dust can wreak havoc on your overall health. To avoid this situation, it is best to dust your home down properly before the summer heat peaks. Cleaning the dust off of your fan blades is most important as it can spread everywhere inside your home.
3. Sun Blockers
If you have huge windows or balconies, there is a good chance that you may find your home overheated very quickly during summers. To avoid this, add screens to your windows. Get a big screen for your balconies so that you can cover them, especially during mid-mornings and afternoons. You can also plant some sun-loving plants to avoid direct heat and to avail fresh oxygen on hot days.
4. Green Coolers
There are many studies that prove that having indoor plants or even plants on balconies or window sills can help in decreasing the heat inside the home. A point you have to keep in mind is whether the plant you bought can handle the heat of the season or not; also, whether the plant requires full sun, partial sun, or full shade with just a few hours of sun. If you are able to maintain an eco-friendly green home, you’ll make your home cooler.
5. Shock Protection
To avoid a risk of fire due to overheating during summers, you must check your electrical distribution system. Since multiple appliances like AC units, fans, refrigerators, etc. function at full capacity during summers, there is a big chance of overloading and overheating that can cause a fire risk. Keep an eye out for flickering lights, circuit tripping, or outlets giving out weird sounds to check for overloading.
Performing these tasks before the summer season peaks can help you prepare your home for the hot days ahead. Global warming and rising pollution have led to unbearable heat during summers. But we can maintain our cool by following certain simple techniques. Have a cool summer!