How to Prepare Your Home for a California Summer
It’s no secret the weather has been warm for quite some time. In Sacramento we’ve been seen triple digit weather and there seems to be no end until fall. When dealing with hot, high heat, it’s important to take care of your home. Many times, homeowners let maintenance go until something breaks or goes wrong. To combat this, we’re sharing a list of our favorite tips to prepare your home for a California summer. These tasks shouldn’t take too long or involve too much effort. But always keep in mind that if something is challenging for you, please call a professional.
Clean Your Gutters
One of the first things you should do to prepare your home for a California summer is to clean your gutters and downspouts. It’s true, California does not get as much rain as it used to, but even then, it’s important to keep your gutters free of debris. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts will ensure that summer storms won’t catch you off guard and pests won’t make a nest in your gutters.
Landscape Around Your Condenser
Did you know that when it comes to an outdoor condenser, landscaping matters. If plants grow too close or crowd the condenser, they impede airflow, forcing the system to work harder and forcing your bills to go up. This is also true about low hanging branches or condensers that are in direct sunlight. When thinking about landscaping around your condenser, keep in mind that the condenser should be shaded and have a clearance of 2-3 feet on all sides.
Clean Up the Front Door
Your front door takes a beating during the winter. Between rain, mud, and weather proofing, it’s time you gave your front door the attention it deserves. Use this summer season to give it a good washing. Also, use a screwdriver to inspect the weather stripping. If you see any gaps, caulk them up. Also, it never hurts to tighten the hinges.
Change Your Filter
One of the best ways to prepare your home for a California summer is to change your air filter. Any treated air that circulates your home must first pass through an air filter. This air filter will catch dust and other air contaminants. If the filter isn’t changed at least twice every year, it won’t pull contaminants from your air, which could result in pollution floating through your home. If you want to add extra protection, consider a filter with a higher MERV rating. The higher the MERV rating, the more contaminates the filter will catch. We all know how bad allergy season in California is and a stronger, newer air filter can help.
Inspect Your Home’s Exterior and Make Any Fixes
Winter is not kind to your home’s exterior. Between cold weather and a rainy season, siding can come loose, rot, or just need a touch up. To keep your home looking great and functioning properly, use this time to power wash your siding and make any necessary fixes. While you’re at it, it’s not a bad idea to check the roof for any loose tiles. If you feel uncomfortable climbing up to your roof, a professional roofer can do an inspection.
Tune-Up Your AC
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to tune-up your AC. A yearly maintenance tune-up will ensure your AC is running properly and make sure any small problems don’t turn into big ones. We recommend a tune-up before the summer starts, but if you haven’t scheduled one yet, what are you waiting for? A certified Moore Home Services technician will come to your home, preform a 26-point tune-up, and conduct a professional cleaning. The technician will inspect every part of the unit and let you know if they find any problems.
Call Moore Home Services
Ready for a tune-up? Our Diamond Certified technicians are here, working, and ready to help. Moore Home Services proudly serves our Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and surrounding communities. If you need plumbing help, we’re here for that too. To schedule an appointment, click here to do so online, or reach out to one of our friendly call center representatives and they’ll be happy to assist you.