Summer is a time to enjoy your home, not sweat over it. And you’ll be able to do just that if you take care of preventative maintenance ahead of the hot, humid days to come.
To find out what upkeep should top your early summer to-do list, we checked in with the home experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “Between the soaring temperatures and uptick in extreme weather, your home might have to work a lot harder this summer,” says Rachel Rothman, the institute’s chief technologist. “Plus, you want to make sure all major systems are in order before heading off on any long holidays.”
We also tapped industry experts at Trane Residential, which makes many top-rated cooling and heating products designed to maintain year-round comfort at home, on how to prepare for the hottest days of the year.
Take Care of Cooling Equipment
If you have central AC, “the number one thing you need to do is change the filter regularly,” says Darcy Lee, senior product manager at Trane. Not only does a dirty filter send dust, dander and other pollutants into the home, it puts added stress on the unit, increasing the chances of it conking out on the hottest day of the year. Lee recommends replacing the filter at least every 90 days and more often during periods when there’s a lot of pollen and mold in the air.