3 Things You Need to be Prepared For During Summer

When you think of relaxing weather, summer is usually what comes to mind. It is the time where the usually harsh weather gives way to a precious couple months of sunny skies, warm temperatures, and the opportunity to go out and fully enjoy the outdoors. However, as a home that is typically equipped to handle cold weather, there are certain things that your home may have problems with the change in temperature. Therefore, there are a few components within your home that you will want to tend to before you break out the suntan lotion.

Your Air Conditioner

As fantastic as warm weather may be, there are few things more relaxing than an air-conditioned room after being outside during a hot day. However, since your air conditioner typically doesn’t get much use throughout the rest of the year, it is important to make sure that it is in good condition before putting it on blast for the summer. Oftentimes it will fall into disrepair from lack of use, and will malfunction or even break down. To avoid this, change out the air filter of your unit, and clean the area around it to clear out any dust & debris that might clog it.

Storms and Harsh Weather

Since summer is the poster child for agreeable weather, it is ironic that it is also a time where thunderstorms and strong winds are more frequent than other seasons. Therefore, it can result in harsher conditions for your home, as well as an increase in the chances of a power outage. 

Because of this, you will want to be prepared for such emergencies. The easiest way to do this is with an emergency kit. You don’t need anything frivolous, anything with a strong flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, canned food and a can opener, duct tape, cellphone chargers, and a radio will do. 

Equally important is the condition of your exterior. Your roof and siding will play integral parts in protecting your home from storms and strong winds. To make sure that they are up for the challenge, have a roofing and siding inspection done at the beginning of the summer. After all, the last thing you want is to learn about any structural issues the hard way!

Moisture and Insect Damage

Everybody hates it when mosquitoes, flies, and other annoying critters start appearing during the warm summer weather. This is because they manage to get inside your home through gaps and cracks in your roof, siding, doors & windows. Failure to stop this not only results in a health hazard but a potential structural hazard as well, for certain insects can damage wooden elements and exposed wiring in your home.

Beyond this, moisture damage is also a concern, particularly during the summer when the climate tends to be more humid. Because there is more water in the air, it is far easier for moisture to seep in through gaps and cracks, widening them as well as damaging electricals, insulation, and the delicate internals within your walls. Therefore, it is important to make sure your home is sealed tight, whether it be through an inspection or a needed roofing & siding replacement.

In short, nice weather is no excuse for not making sure your home remains in top condition. It is important to make sure that your home is well-equipped for the summer, and it pays to take precautions now so that you don’t ruin your summer fun later. If you feel like you could benefit from some contracting expertise when it comes to your residence, contact us at 862-305-0462, or fill out an online inquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you!

About Mike Damora

Mike Damora is vice president of sales and marketing at K&B Home Remodelers, in Randolph, N.J. You can follow him on Twitter @madamoracatch him on Drift.