Homeowner Tips - Protecting Your Home from the Summer Heat

If you’re a homeowner, you know that it’s imperative you protect your home from the ravages of winter’s cold temperatures. Likewise, you can keep your home running smoothly during summer’s hottest months with just a few, simple jobs you can do in a day. Besides adding value to your home, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing your home will be able to withstand the hazards that summer weather can bring.

  • Get the most from your air conditioning unit. Regularly cleaning the coils on your unit will help it to run more efficiently. While it sounds like a monumental task, it’s really not. First, turn off the power to your A/C unit and open its lid or access panel. Vacuum or sweep up accumulated debris and gently wipe dirt off the compressor coils with a damp cloth. If your unit has no coils, remove debris with a garden hose.
  • Cool your home by insulating your attic. During summer, the temperature on your shingles can climb to more than 65°C. Insulating your attic can reduce your cooling costs by up to 50 percent!
  • Seal your windows and doors. Keep your home cooler by sealing your windows and doors. Apply caulk on the exterior and interior of your windows and weatherstripping around your doors. 

Source: Handyman Connection