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Front Page - Friday, June 21, 2019

Get your home in shape for summer




Chattanoogans got an early start to the summer this year with temperatures soaring into the 90s sooner than expected. Still, it’s not too late to ready your home for the summer.

Simple home improvements made now can help you avoid significant repairs and costly utility bills later. Below are some tips to get your home in shape for summer inside and out.

Temperature check

Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save on heating and cooling costs. This device allows you to customize your indoor temperature throughout the day, which could lead to utility bill savings.

Installing celling fans are another way to provide energy-efficient cooling and comfort during the dog days of summer.

HVAC tuneup

Check the condition of your air conditioner and replace your filter. It can be challenging to find an available contractor to repair your HVAC in the middle of the summer.

If your air conditioner in is good shape, you might want to add curtains, shades or blinds to windows to help keep your home cool by blocking out the sun’s intense rays, which can warm your home’s interior.

Replace windows

New windows can also increase your energy efficiency and provide a return on investment. If old windows are replaced now, the new ones will help prevent heat loss during the winter months and provide more indoor comfort. If you already have new windows, cleaning them will help refresh your home’s exterior.

Pressure wash

A thorough exterior cleaning can help your home shine. Winter and spring storms can cause debris and dirt to build up on the exterior of your home.

Pressure wash to remove dirt, mildew and unwelcomed residue. Walkways and decks are the most common areas that need attention.

Landscape

Planting trees and pruning shrubs can brighten the exterior of your home. Before the heat of the summer takes over your lawn, check the condition of your sprinklers and garden irrigation for optimal use.

Inspect, clean dryer vents

Dryer vents get clogged with lint, which can keep your dryer from functioning well. If your vents are not clean, not only will it take longer for your clothes to dry, your utility bill might increase along with the risk of a house fire. A professional can inspect and clean your vent and ensure your exhaust system is working properly.

For help tackling your home maintenance projects, visit the online membership directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.