Sure, you’ve been ready for summer for months, but is your house ready? Get your Chicago suburb home ready for the season with these easy tips.
Service Air Conditioner
Get your HVAC system ready to take on the warm weather by replacing the filter, shutting down the power so you can clear away any leaves or branches and spray down the coils with a garden hose, and if it’s been a while, get the unit inspected by a professional.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Summertime brings thunderstorms and heavy rains. Clear out any leaves and debris to ensure your gutter systems do their job and keep the rain away from the house.
Give all windows a good cleaning, including removing screens and hosing them down. Fix any holes in the screens to keep the bugs out when the windows are open. When the windows are closed, make sure you’re keeping the cool air inside by inspecting the caulking around the windows and making any necessary repairs.
Reverse Ceiling Fan
Make sure your ceiling fan is rotating counter-clockwise. This blows air downward and creates a cooling breeze that makes you feel cooler while being able to keep your thermostat a few degrees higher, saving on energy costs.
Prepare Deck and Patio
Get ready to spend summer evenings outside by power washing the deck and patio. If it’s been a while, it may be time to reseal or repaint. Make the space inviting with lots of seating covered with bright cushions.
Spruce Up the Garden
Remove any old leaves or debris, prep your soil with some compost material, lay down a fresh layer of mulch and plant some of these Top Midwest Perennial Flowers.