Summer in San Antonio is just around the corner. Whether you are moving to San Antonio or already live here, we all know this is no small thing. Summers here are HOT! Before the temperature really heats up it is a good idea to make sure you are going through your home, new or old, and preparing for the summer in San Antonio.
Here are our San Antonio movers 9 tips to prepare your home for the hot summer months.
1. Check your home’s air conditioning system. Change your filters before the summer heats up. As the summer gets rolling, make sure to change your filters monthly to maintain optimum performance.
2. Change the temperature on your thermostat to cool. Look to make sure that you don’t have any stripped breakers. You can do this by purchasing a wiggin’s tester, these are found at any Home Depot or Lowe’s and are inexpensive. Once you purchase this tester, it is very easy to use. If the test doesn’t work, your breaker more than likely needs to be replaced.
If there are any problems, call a heating or air conditioning expert to help you with this. If you catch any problems early it may mean that you can save a lot of money on repairs in the future.
3. Check the ceiling fans in your home. Ceiling fans enhance air circulation in a home and ensure maximum benefit of electricity utitilzed to run air conditioning units in a home. It may even make sense to add ceiling fans to rooms before the summer hits if you have an area in your home where airflow is stagnant.
If your fan has instructions from the manufacturer, check them first. Otherwise, you can easily check the performance of your ceiling fan by the switch at the base of the fan. When the fan is on the forward setting, feel which way the air moves, upward or downward. On the reverse setting take note that the air is pulled in the opposite direction.
These settings vary by manufacturer.
Change your ceiling fan’s direction based on the season you are heading into. Hot air rises in the winter and it can become trapped at ceiling level. On the correct winter setting, the fan should push air upward and draw the hot air down into the room. In the summer, you will want to feel the air circulating lower in the room.
Typically you will want to run your ceiling fan counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. On the correct summer setting, the fan should push air downward to promote air circulation.
4. Make sure that there are no holes in the window screens of your home. Do an inventory of how many screens you need to replace and purchase them all together. It may save you money to buy these in a package of 3 or 5.
5. Inspect your dryer vents. Clogged dryer vents cause warm air to blow back into your home and cause your house to stay warmer than it should. This causes you to have to run your air conditioning more than necessary, increasing wear and tear on your unit and costing you more money, not to mention that clogged vents are a fire hazard.
6. Check around doors and windows for proper insulation. More than likely it is a good idea to replace weatherproofing strips around the front and back doors annually. These typically get very worn and cause cool air to sneak out of your house.
7. Run the exaust fan during hot showers in the summer. An air conditioning system will replace hot air with cool air and even though you are running the exaust, it is cheaper than working the air conditioning harder. A steamy bathroom will cause the air conditioner to kick in full blast and run harder in the entire house, not just the bathroom.
8. Make sure there are no large items in front of your air conditioner vents. If there is anything blocking your air conditioner vents, such as a couch, chair, or laundry hamper, it may cause the devise to run harder and longer than necessary.
9. Make sure to also check and prepare your car for summer too. Check the air conditioner and make sure there is a gallon of water in the trunk in case the engine overheats.
We hope these tips have helped and we look forward to hearing any tips you may have to help residents of San Antonio prepare for the summer months and get their home ready to stay cool!