5 Summer DIY Projects Your Home Can’t Do Without

by Sundaybell on July 2, 2013

As the summer heat rolls in, you want to keep your home as cool and comfortable as possible. Fortunately, you don’t have to call in the professionals and spend big bucks to do so. In fact, there are a number of projects you can do yourself to make the most of this sizzling season.

Install Ceiling Fans

A simple way to encourage air flow is to invest in ceiling fans. In scorching conditions, they help regulate temperatures and save energy. This manageable project takes only one day to complete. While electricians are trained to install fans, you don’t need to be a pro to do it. Just be sure everything is turned off before you begin!

Caulk Any Cracks

Cracks and crevices around your windows and door frames will let valuable cold air escape outside. Not only is this annoying, but it can have a significant impact on your utility bill. To deal with drafts, you must determine where the air is escaping. A clever way to discover these areas is to pass a lit candle over the window or door frame. Then, remove any old caulk, clean the surface and apply new sealant.

Swap Out Your Sheets

As simple as it sounds, this quick action can significantly increase your comfort level as you hit the hay. While heavier fabrics are ideal for colder temperatures, they insulate heat, which makes you hot in the summer. Natural-fiber sheets and other light materials breathe easier and allow air to circulate. Also, choose a light color that will reflect heat as opposed to absorbing it.

Plant Trees in Strategic Places

This easy project, while not immediately profitable, is beneficial in the long run. By planting shade trees, you can block some of the sun’s sweltering rays. Scout out spots that receive the most sunlight in high-traffic areas of your home. Then, get to digging! If you don’t have the necessary tools to complete the task, you can contact a San Francisco rental service store to help you get the job done.

Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Filter

Your home’s air conditioner will be put through the ringer during the summer. Ensure its maximum function by cleaning the filter. You can use a vacuum to clear the grime, then soak the filter in a cleaning solution for the best results.

As can be seen, you can easily prepare your home to beat the summer heat with practical projects you can accomplish yourself.

Article and insights provided by Hannah Whittenly.

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