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Beating the Heat: Preparing Your House for the Summer

It has been roughly a month since the cool winds of winter were replaced with warmer breezes. The animals that have hibernated over the winter are now wide awake and getting ready to face the world yet again. This is the perfect time to break out of your winter stupor and prepare for the coming of summer.

While spending all day curled up on the couch and watching movies has become your norm during winter, that’s no longer acceptable in spring. This is the time for new beginnings, which means you should put that elbow grease to work and do everything you have postponed at the start of the year.

If you haven’t finished your spring cleaning yet, then here are three additional tasks for you to accomplish before you enjoy the fruits of your labor. Doing all these will allow you to rest easy, knowing that your house is well-maintained and optimized for the coming seasons.

Get Your Furnace Checked

One of the most reliable aspects of your house during winter was the heating system. It made your home warm and toasty, while the world beyond your door was freezing. The reliable furnace allowed you to feel your toes and be comfortable without exerting much effort.

But now that winter is long gone, you should give your furnace the care it deserves. That means that you should check it to see if it sustained any damages while working overtime for so long. Getting a heater repair before the damages become more serious can help you save money and time in the future.

This is taken from a book in preventive maintenance, which promotes responsible homeownership and aims for longevity. Routinely checking on your furnace can also save you the effort of preparing it when the cool air of autumn and winter comes around again.

Inspect Your Plumbing System

It’s not unusual for temperatures to drop to inhumane levels during winter. And since humans already have a hard time dealing with the cold, you can only imagine what that can do to inanimate objects with no way of staying warm when exposed to the natural elements.

That’s why it’s imperative to inspect your plumbing system once the last wisps of cold air have left the atmosphere. This is because there is a high possibility that your pipes could have frozen over winter, which could have made them brittle or more vulnerable to damages after the ice has melted.

Freezing in pipes can also build up pressure, which can then lead to sudden bursts and flooding. This can leave serious damages to your house, especially if there’s no one at home to turn off the water source. You can have a plumber install preventive measures to avoid having frozen pipes during winter.

Clean Your Chimney

You might not think that the chimney has to be cleaned because everything turns to smoke eventually, and the residual ash can easily be removed after use. However, residue buildup is causing 25,000 chimney fires that are putting lives in danger every year.

To avoid becoming part of that horrific number of chimney fire victims, you should take it upon yourself to have your chimney cleaned by an expert after every winter. It can be dangerous to clean this on your own, especially if you don’t have the right tools to make it happen.

You can include chimney maintenance as part of your spring cleaning ritual once a year. Plus, doing so can assure you that no animal carcasses are stuck inside your chimney because they sought cover from the bleak coldness outside.

Give Your Garden Some Love

Spring is when flowers can finally bloom, and birds can fly freely without freezing their feathers. This means that if you want to give your front or backyard a makeover, now is the perfect time to get into gardening. Work your green thumb and fill your garden with life.

You can do this by researching what flowers or vegetables you can plant in your garden because they can finally get the sunlight they need to grow. If you’re also a fan of cooking, you can take this opportunity to plant herbs and common vegetables to grow at home.

Plus, you still have a long way to go before the first snowfall, which means you have plenty of time to discover if you actually have a green thumb or if you just got lucky the first time. You can never go wrong with gardening, especially because it can elevate the overall appearance of your home.

Maintaining the house is never easy, but it’s part of becoming a responsible homeowner. You can leave things in the hands of experts, but you must also know how to accomplish certain tasks so that you won’t have to depend on others for every single crisis.

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