The heat is on, Atlanta!
With summer quickly approaching, we could have easily given you the standard top 5 list of things you need to do to get your home summer ready… have your HVAC serviced, plant shrubbery 2 feet away from the house, check weather-stripping around windows and doors, etc. But that wouldn’t be any fun, and we wouldn’t be telling you anything you didn’t already know. Instead we’ve put together a list of 5 surprisingly simple and not often thought of tips to make sure your home is ready for some fun in the sun!
Keep Electronics Away from your Thermostat: Heat producing electronics such as TV’s, lamps, game systems and more could cause your thermostat to read at a higher temperature if placed nearby, ultimately causing your air conditioner to run unnecessarily.
Refill your First Aid Kit: With summer fun comes summer injuries. Take the time to refresh and restock your first aid kit so that you are prepared. Dispose of expired medication and stock up on summer essentials including ice packs, medicine for bug bites, bandages, athletic tape, gauze, and more.
Change your ceiling fan direction: Did you know your ceiling fan is designed to rotate differently based upon the season? For the best breeze to keep temperatures low, make sure the blades of your fan are rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.
Give your roof a thorough check: Georgia weather is not forgiving towards your roof. Fall fills the gutters with leaves. Winter blasts it with snow and below freezing temperatures. Spring dresses it in a thick layer of pollen. And Summer? Summer brings with it the potential for severe storms. So grab those binoculars and check your roof for missing shingles, damaged flashing around the chimney, and clogged gutters.
Mulch is more than a Makeover: Do you think mulching is just about making your plant beds look nicer or that it’s only other purpose is to help prevent weeds? Think again! Georgia’s red clay soil doesn’t absorb water at a fast rate which means a significant amount of the water you put on your plants to keep them alive evaporates before it even gets into the ground. Laying down mulch helps prevent evaporation, meaning you’ll spend less time watering while also saving on water bills.
Bonus tip for our Grill Masters:
To check the grill’s propane level, feel the outside of the tank. The area with fuel will be cooler than the empty portion.
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