You’ve been ready for summer since January, but what about your house? Here are 9 (because it's so fine) reminders to get your home prepped and ready for the warm season-inside and out.
Keep Up With Your Air Conditioners’ Filters
To ensure that your air conditioner is functioning optimally, always make sure that its filters are clean and fresh. This is especially important, if you live in a dusty environment or a place with allergy irritants. Consider having spare filters on hand so that you can schedule regular replacements every month. Most filters suggest a 90-day useful life. Blocked air filters will create a drag on the efficiency of your air conditioning system’s ability to push and pull air through registers.
Keep Refrigerators Running
A summer without cold drinks on hand is no summer at all. Take care now to clean your refrigerator’s condensing coils to keep it running smoothly all summer long. Unplug the fridge, and remove the base plate or top grate. (Check your owner's manual to locate coils.) Use a vacuum cleaner with the nozzle attachment to remove any dirt and lint.
Check Your Dryer Vents
If you own a dryer, you may have already noticed that the temperature in your laundry room rises as soon as you turn it on. Temperatures can rise even more, if your dryer’s vents are blocked. Regularly check your dryer’s vents for blockages so that hot air isn’t blowing back into your home. This task is basic home preparation and maintenance.
Green Lawn Know-how
We’ll admit it—the one thing winter has over summer is it allows you to put away the lawn mower for a few months. But now that your dried out brown grass has turned green, it’s time to take care of that baby by fertilizing on a regular basis.
Make sure your sprinkler system is good to go for the summer, as you’ll need it to keep the lawn green, the flowers blooming, and the Slip ‘n Slide slippery. Check around outside for swampy areas, erosion, or dying plants—you could be losing water and not even know it.
We all have our own remedies for keeping mosquitoes at bay; bug spray and citronella candles are two popular methods. However it’s also a good idea to clear underbrush around trees and shrubs and avoid planting thick vegetation, according to the insect experts at Southern Living.
Cheers to a happy and safe Summer 2016 from your Sublime Family!
Author: The Sublime Team