We know, we’ve been waiting for summer since January too. Planning those summer vacations, BBQs, and beach days, but have you thought about your home. Just like you did in the fall, it’s time that you got your home ready for the summer months.
Add fresh air to your home this summer by leaving the windows and doors open. This will help keep energy costs down by allowing the fresh air do the cooling rather than your AC. Place fresh plants or flowers near the sink in the bathroom to help filter the air. Some great air cleaning plants are snake plants, spider plants, English Ivy, and small leafed rubber plants.
Cover your windows. There’s no point in turning the AC on if your huge windows are letting in sunlight and heating your living room. You can install a reflective film or sunscreen fabric curtains, or even roller shades. If you’re in the market for new windows, look into getting window panes with a low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). This will help keep your house cooler and decrease your energy bill.
Swap your warm flannel sheets for lighter linens with a high thread count. Opt for solid light colors to give the room a more breezy feel.
Keep up with your pool’s pH balance. The pool is a fun and great way to stay cool during the summer, but keeping up with maintenance is not. It’s easy to let the pool go, but make sure you’re monitoring the pH balance and chlorine levels. Failure to do so can lead to bacteria growth, fading bathing suits, and irritated eyes.
We all know bugs tend to bug us a bit more in the summer and we all have our own remedies for dealing with these pests. While bug spray and citronella candles work just fine, attack the problem at the source, if possible. Start by clearing underbrush around trees and shrubs. Avoid planting thick, moist vegetation as these types of plants attract the most insects.
Summer is meant to be spent outside, rinse off your patio furniture and top them with new patio fabric. This will create a luxurious, inviting vibe for your patio or deck.