Prepare your New Home in Atlanta for Summer

Moving to a New Home in Summer4 Approaches to Get Your New Home in Atlanta Primed for Hot Weather

Long, hot months are almost here, and you should make sure your house is prepared to handle the heat. If you have a new house or will be moving soon to Atlanta, you might not have yet considered how your home will manage once hot weather is here.

You will definitely benefit by getting your new home ready for hot times ahead, and there are some things you can do today that should help to make the transition comfortable. Below are four ideas to get your new house ready for summer in Atlanta.

Seal Windows and Doors

A lot of homeowners grasp that windows and doors readily enable cool air to leak out, if they aren't properly sealed at the edges. However, the problem could be bigger than you believe, since around 33% of your abode's cooled air can disappear through leakage in these vulnerable places.

That's why you must take time to survey windows and doors to ensure they are adequately sealed against air loss. Weather-stripping must be inspected and replaced if it is hard, weak or cracked. For places where weather-stripping is hard to put in, silicone caulk can offer guarding against leaks.

Also, be sure to plug wide gaps with expanding foam. You can buy it in easy-to-use spray cans, expanding foam will offer the utmost defense for wide-open spots around doors and windows.

Perform an Air Conditioning System Tune-Up

Your new house's A/C system will most likely be heavily employed over the summer months, so you want to be positive it is able to withstand the load placed upon it. That is why you should get in touch with a professional to perform a thorough system inspection and tune-up.

Definitely, you will want to be sure that your air conditioner's heat-transferring components, the evaporator and condenser, are very clean. Dust, dirt and other fragments can block an effective transfer of heat from your house, which makes your system less effective and economical.

In addition, be sure that all of the air filters are checked several times during the course of the summer. Clean filters provide better air flow and also prevent stress on your system. In due time, the rather low amount you invest in air filters will save you money in decreased energy costs and longer equipment lifespans.

Enhance Attic and Crawlspace Insulation

Insulation is vital for inhibiting outside air from infiltrating your home and for keeping cooled air inside. You will want to check out your attic and crawlspace, if applicable, to make sure these areas are well-insulated.

Many heat and air companies provide no-obligation insulation inspections, so you should most likely schedule an appointment with a professional to hear their recommendation.

Install LED Bulbs and Fixtures

Many people do not understand just how much heat an incandescent bulb puts off, but the truth is that only a little over two percent of the energy spent by a traditional bulb is in the form of light. That translates to a home full of incandescent bulbs creates a fairly large amount of heat that must be overcome by an air conditioner over summer.

You can significantly decrease this heat load by replacing current incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. These solid-state devices turn much of the electrical energy to light and discharge very little heat relative to older bulbs. Not only can you conserve money on your electric bill, LED lights often will last for years and years and will decrease your need to frequently replace bulbs.

And, if you are planning for a move to Atlanta, A-1 Freeman Moving Group can help get you into that new home that is now totally ready for the scorching temps. Click here to learn more.