Florida’s weather is known far and wide as some of the best weather you can get anywhere. And it’s true! Especially here in South Florida, the weather is usually mild, comfortable, and consistent aside from the occasional storm.
But, as we head into the warmest summer months, it’s important to remember that prepping your home for the summer heat is just as important in Florida as prepping your home for the winter chill is in other states.
Here are some quick tips to help you make sure your South Florida home is ready to keep you comfortable in the heat, whether you live in a house, a condo, an apartment, or somewhere else.
Remember that you may not need to do all of these things to get your home ready for summer, or there may be some summer-prep tasks you do need to do but that aren’t on this list.
The most important thing is to think about what you can do to keep yourself more comfortable at home during the hottest months of the year.
Surge protectors are one of the best ways to protect your home electronics. If you’ve had a storm-related power outage it’s a good idea to protect some or all of your electronics by getting new surge protectors. That way you know that your electronics won’t be damaged if your surge protectors are no longer effective after a storm surge.
Heading into the summer months refrigerators can often get pretty fragrant, despite the refrigeration. As we prep for the hottest months, it’s a good idea to take everything out of the refrigerator, throw out any leftovers that you don’t need or have gone bad, and scrub the walls and shelves to eliminate bacteria.
Florida’s beautiful weather does have a big downside, the insects. If you’re someone who likes to get preventive pest control services it’s a good idea to schedule those mosquito and tick treatments now instead of waiting for the insects to move in.
Heated pools are a wonderful thing to have during the colder months, but heating your pool eats up a lot of electricity you probably don’t need to be using through the summer. Help your pool be the cool escape from the summer heat you want it to be by turning off the heater as soon as the weather starts to warm up in late spring.
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is one of the biggest energy costs for homeowners in South Florida. So, save on your utility bills by checking the seals around windows and doors to make sure everything is still airtight. That way you can keep the AC inside and the heat and humidity outdoors.
Summer homes almost always develop more scents and odors than winter homes, but you can head off the odor by deep cleaning early in the summer. Make sure you vacuum everything and use cleaners and sanitizers to get a deeper longer-lasting clean on hard surfaces.
Your AC is one of the most important appliances to keep your South Florida home comfortable in the summer, but it won’t be nearly as effective if your filters are bad or your AC is spewing pollen and dust all through your home. Replacing the AC filters before you start using your AC is one way to keep the air cleaner and healthier. Also, remember to flush your AC drain lines.
If your AC has an odor even after you’ve changed the filters, consider getting professional duct cleaning services to help improve your air quality.
If you’re looking to buy or sell your South Florida home this summer and don’t want to go it alone, you’re in luck! Great Florida Homes is here to help match homes with prospective buyers, and to match buyers to the kind of homes they can really love.
If you want to get your own home or sell your South Florida home this summer, contact Great Florida Homes and we’ll be happy to help!
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