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Getting Your Home Ready for Summer? Five Things to Remember When Doing So

As soon as the warm breezes of spring coaxed the first flowers from the soil, you were probably ready for summer. Your house might not be on the same page as you are, however. As you get ready to welcome summer, remember these five tips for getting your home ready as well.

1. Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Are you dreading your first cooling bill of the summer? Keep energy costs low with new windows. By installing quality, double or triple glass windows you can keep your home cool all summer long while decreasing your energy bill significantly. If you’re not sure what constitutes “energy efficient” or what windows would be the best fit for your home, talking to a professional would be a good idea. Someone like: Northern Comfort Windows & Doors Ltd a company that does windows and doors in Aurora Canada, is a good example of someone you could talk to.

2. Add Some Houseplants

Keep your home fresh all summer long by adding a few easy-to-care-for houseplants. A rubber plant, English ivy or a philodendron will add some summery pleasure to your home’s interior. Best of all, these plants help to filter the air in your home, making it a healthier place for you and your family.

3. Clean and Set Ceiling Fan Blades

Ceiling fans will help you keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer. Be sure to properly clean ceiling fan blades to avoid spreading dust and dirt throughout your home. Then set your fan blades to rotate counterclockwise. This will force the warmer air up near the ceiling and keep the entire room more temperate.

4. Check Your Irrigation System

Make sure your lawn is ready for the summer. Check your irrigation system for necessary repairs. Check your lawn, flower beds and garden for erosion or swampy areas. Make sure everything is in place for a green summer, even if you live in an arid location.

5. Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space

Summer usually means plenty of time to spend in the great outdoors. Make sure your outdoor living space is ready for those long, sunny days. Clean patio furniture. Make sure shades, awnings or patio umbrellas are in good condition and ready to be put into service. Having a comfortable outdoor living space will add pleasure to lazy summer days and long, leisurely summer nights.

Many people look forward to the warm days of summer as a time of relaxation and enjoyment. Before those hot days are upon you, make sure your home is ready. By taking these tips to heart, you’ll be on your way to having a thoroughly enjoyable summer season, whether you spend your days indoors or out.

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