Summertime in San Diego is like nowhere else in the world. We have the hot, hot sun and ocean breezes to keep everything cool. It’s never too early to start wishing for or preparing your home for summer. At ASI, we recommend getting your home ready during spring before it gets too hot to be on your roof. Here are five ways to prepare your home for summer from our experts.
1. Clean Your Windows and Check your Screens
Warm summer nights mean the windows will be open a lot more than they are now. Because of this, it’s important to inspect your windows screens before summer. Just go outside and conduct a quick visual inspection. If there are any holes large enough for a fly to get through, fix it or replace it. New screens can provide you with an elevated level of home comfort.
While you’re out there inspecting your window frames, take a moment to look for cracks around the window and window frame. Even the smallest of cracks can let warm air into your home and cool treated air escape. Caulk up any cracks or fissures you see, and your windows are ready for summer.
2. Inspect Your Roof
Spring roof inspections are so important because it’s just too hot during the summer. In San Diego, our winters are mild, but the wind we see can sure kick up some dust. However, it’s not just dust, the wind can send debris flying all over your roof and into your gutters.
At ASI, we value safety over everything else. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable going up to the roof of your home. If you are unable to do this safely, call a roofer or handyman. On the roof you’ll be looking for loose or missing tiles and any sort of debris. Clear the debris and refasten any loose tiles. Have a roofer replace any missing tiles.
3. Make Sure Your Gutters and Downspouts are Clear
What are some of the worst things that could get into your home? Second to burglars, we’d say mice and cockroaches. Yuck, right? This is the biggest reason we advise you to clear your gutters and downspouts before summer. During the dry, summer months, mice, bugs, and other critters see the debris in your gutters as a potentially lovely home.
Keep the critters away by cleaning any leaves, dirt, and other debris from your gutters. This is also a good idea if you’re near a family that barbeques a lot. Small sparks can find their way into dry leaves and cause a fire.
4. Keep the Bugs Out
Cleaning your gutters isn’t the only thing you should do to try and keep the bugs at bay. When checking your windows, make sure to eyeball the perimeter of your home. Cover any cracks large enough for an ant.
One of our favorite ways to keep away summer bugs is with landscaping. There are plants that can repel insects and be used in home cooking. For example, basil, rosemary, bay leaves, and chives are just a few of the herbs that keep away pests. They would also be great in a homemade pasta as well.
5. Schedule an AC Tune-up
The first thing you should when preparing your home for summer is schedule an AC tune-up. Routine tune-ups ensure your home’s HVAC system is in good working order and above all, in safe working order. Our HVAC experts recommend two HVAC tune-ups every year. Once before AC season in the spring, and once before furnace season in the fall.
Our HVAC technicians check 26 points of your AC system, including aesthetic, electrical, and the air filter. They’ll check everything for safety and give the whole thing a professional cleaning. The tech will also let you know if there is anything that needs extra service so you can have cool air for many summers to come.
Prepare Your Home for Summer with ASI
Make your summer as cool as can be with the HVAC experts at ASI. We only hire friendly technicians who receive the best training in the business. The white glove guys are here for any cooling, heating, plumbing, or solar issue that may pop up. Dial the number at the top of the screen to speak with one of our client service representatives or click here to request an appointment online.