It’s that time of year again: the kids are anxiously awaiting the end of a long school year, and the temperatures are already rising! Summer is here, and if you’re a native of Arizona or have lived here in the summer, you know what that means: extreme temperatures and monsoons. It also means planning vacations out-of-state so you can get a break from the heat.
Just like you prepare for summer activities and getaways, you should also prepare your house and yard for the summer heat! In this article you’ll find tips to get your home ready so you can stay cool inside and enjoy your beautiful yard while you’re outside grilling dinner or swimming in the pool.
The most valuable piece of equipment in your home, hands down, is the air conditioning unit! It’s what makes living here in Arizona possible. To keep it running smoothly and prevent it from dying on a scorching summer day, there are a few things you can do right now.
Air filters need to be replaced often here in Arizona; every one to three months is what’s typically recommended. We live in a dry, dusty environment, and that dust ends up in the air filter! A dirty filter restricts air flow and affects the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to replace the filter. You can do it yourself! Your A/C will be ready for the long summer season once you finish this quick task.
A professional A/C tune-up is highly recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as APS and SRP (local utility companies), and should be done at least annually. An HVAC expert will make sure the unit is running safely and efficiently, and identify any issues before they cause problems. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible, before their busy season arrives!
Air leaks make it harder for your air conditioner to cool your home. Check the areas around doors and windows for cracks or gaps. Replace broken weather-stripping, use caulk to fill any holes, and replace seals around plumbing fixtures.
Here in the desert, your lawn and garden need extra TLC during the summer. Prepare your lawn and garden for the summer heat with the following tips.
For tips on efficient irrigation for your lawn now, and any time of the year, read The Benefits of Efficient Irrigation.
For more tips on maintaining a healthy lawn and garden, check out the article Arizona Lawn Care Tips.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your grill for hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots of delicious barbecue dinners. Using the grill instead of the oven will save you some money on the A/C bills, and there’s nothing like meats and vegetables grilled to perfection!
Here are a few tips to get your grill ready for the season and keep it clean after every use:
Ready for a new grill? Check out our article on 5 Ways to Cook Your Dinner Outside for a comprehensive guide!
After you get the big jobs done, there are a few more things you can do to prepare your house for the summer:
With these tips, you’ll ensure you have a great summer season, and you’ll even save some money on your electricity bills!
Get ready to beat the heat this summer by visiting your local Shoppers Supply! We have all the supplies you need to keep your yard looking great, as well as air conditioning filters and fans to keep you cool and comfortable while in the house. Stop by our Apache Junction or Chandler location today!