Summer is many peoples’ favorite season, and being able to spend time outdoors is enriching. However, the hot temperatures of summer mean you’ll want to be sure your home is ready, and a few home upgrades can make your space more comfortable and even save your family some money. Here are four upgrades to make before summer.
Window and Door Upgrades
Insulation is important for keeping your home comfortable in all seasons. In the summer, it means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable and safe. Fortunately, a number of excellent windows have come to the market in recent years that provide far better insulating than those used in the past. If you don’t want to invest right now, consider having an expert examine your doors and windows to minimize the amount of air that leaks through.
Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
When the temperature heats up, there’s nothing we appreciate more than an air conditioner. Over the years, air conditioner efficiency has improved, and upgrading to a modern model can help you enjoy comfortable air while saving a bit on your electrical bill. If you’re not looking to upgrade this year, make sure to contact an air conditioning repair and maintenance company to ensure you’re ready.
Upgrade Your Ceiling Fans
Modern ceiling fans look great and operate quietly and efficiently. Although you’re likely to lean on your air condition when the temperature rises, ceiling fans can keep you comfortable during much of the summer depending on where you live. Modern fans are also convenient; remote controls, for example, let you adjust the speed without having to stand up.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Smart technology is popular these days, and programmable thermostats are perhaps the one home upgrade that will make an immediate difference. These thermostats let you change the temperature profile throughout the day, letting you run your air conditioning less frequently when nobody is home and turning it on before people arrive from work or school. Furthermore, WiFi connectivity lets you monitor and adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere internet access is available.
Summer is a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying time outdoors. However, you’ll inevitably spend a significant amount of time indoors, and making smart upgrades can make your home a more inviting space while saving you money on cooling-related bills. Make sure to start planning early; you’ll thank yourself when the temperature rises.
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Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2