If you’ve just moved into a new house in springtime, you’ve probably been enjoying some gorgeous weather. Springtime has everyone in a good mood and maybe a little impatient for summer to come.
The thing is, if you’re in the South, summer can be a little brutal with the heat and humidity. We know you went through all the Little Rock houses for sale and found the right one for you, but man oh man, nothing measures up to the summers of the South.
So the question becomes, how do you prepare your house for summertime? There have to be ways to keep it all cool under the unforgiving summer sun.
It turns out, there are plenty of ways. Read on.
Clean the Gutters
Summers can be rainy in the South, and nothing is worse than enjoying a nice rain but then discovering that your gutters are all stopped up with leaves and other junk. That’s a nice way to get some water damage in your new house.
Instead, attack this problem before the summer rains come and you have a real problem. Get on a ladder if you’re able, clean out the debris, and then enjoy a long summer of rainfall.
Get New Insulation
If you can afford it, now is the time to replace that old, beaten-up siding and get new insulation on the house at the same time. You see, insulation isn’t just for the winter. Insulation keeps your cool air in and the hot summer air out. When you don’t have it, you’re throwing money away on an air conditioner that’s producing air just to go outside.
A professional contractor will advise you on the right kind of insulation and siding to get, and once you do, you will benefit not just in the summer, but all year round.
Get Some Heavy-Duty Curtains
We just mentioned air conditioners, and here they come again. ACs work the best when they don’t have to keep at it all day long. That is to say, if you can help your house become even cooler while the AC works, you will save on electricity.
Toward that end, you should get some blackout curtains, if you don’t mind a darker home, to keep out the sun’s heat and light. That will give your AC a better environment to cool, and you can keep things more comfortable for longer.
The more shade you can produce inside, the better off you will be. And the more you’ll save.
Summer is usually a fun time for all, but that brutal heat is no fun at all. So take these steps to get your house ready for summer, and you’ll have an even better time!