Guest Post by Kacey Mya
According to early forecasts by The Weather Network, weather throughout the U.S. is expected to be hotter than normal this year.
With summer weather is currently looming just over the horizon, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are racing to beat the heat.
Unused air conditioners and fans can collect a lot of dust over the winter months. As such, it’s always a good idea to give these appliances a thorough cleaning before their first use of the summer.
This is especially true with air conditioners, which can accumulate unseen dust and debris within the filter. Regularly maintaining these appliances can go a long way in ensuring their longevity, but they’re still prone to the buildup of excess dirt and grime when sitting idle for extended periods of time.
Heat-generating appliances, such as your oven or clothes dryer, can have a really affect on the inside temperature of your home. With that in mind, try to do your cooking and your laundry outside.
The washing machine won’t create nearly as much heat as a dryer, so this appliance should be fine. Conversely, modern stovetops don’t produce nearly as much heat as an oven does.
Remember, this doesn’t mean you can’t cook or do laundry. Outside clotheslines provide a great way to dry your clothes in the warmth of the summer sun, while cooking outside on a grill has been an enjoyable summer pastime for years.
If you absolutely must use your oven or dryer, try to do so when the weather is cooler. Early mornings and late nights usually provide ample time; just be cautious of the amount of heat you are generating. It can linger around for hours after the appliance has stopped.
Even if your heater isn’t actively running, it could still be using up energy. Pilot lights require gas to stay lit, and some modern heaters feature electronics that are continuously using electricity.
If possible, try to deactivate your heater, either by turning off the pilot light or by unplugging the unit entirely. Not only will this have a noticeable effect on your monthly bills during the summer, but it will prevent the heater from turning on during cool nights. Just make sure to keep some extra blankets nearby. You can also use the balloon above to stop your cool air escaping from fire places.
There are a number of exterior revisions that can be done to a home in order to weatherproof it for the summer months. Some of these tips and tricks offer added benefit during the winter, too. Installing new windows or doors, for example, can go a long way in weatherproofing your home for both the summer and the winter.
Make sure to repair seals around all windows and exterior doors, both around the outer portion and the inside of the frames. Gaps, cracks or holes should be sealed immediately. Apart from increasing the weatherproofing on your home, this simple trick can even help with any would-be pest problems during the forthcoming summer months.
If your current garage door feels warm to the touch during a hot summer day, it’s probably a good idea to look for a replacement. Not only are modern garage doors designed with heating and cooling mind, but they’re much more inexpensive than the archaic, bulkier models of the past.
Although this is a big project that isn’t necessarily viable for everyone, depending on the size of your home as well as your budget, installing new insulation in the walls of your home and garage can work wonders when it comes to getting a rein on the summer heat.
There are many different types of insulation, including fiberglass, foam and mineral wool. Moreover, some are better suited for specific applications, environments and buildings. Understanding the difference between the different types of insulation, as well as their individual uses, is the key to maximizing your benefit from new, energy efficient insulation.
Since there’s no real way to escape the heat apart from moving to a colder climate, most of us have no choice but to deal with it the best we can. Whether this means cooking your meals outside, resealing your doors and windows or installing brand new insulation to combat the warmth, you better act quickly before it’s too late.
Kacey Mya is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” You can see her inspiring travel and lifestyle blog posts at The Drifter Collective.