Everything Your Arizona Home Needs During the Extreme Summers

Arizona can be unbearable during July and August. The intense heat can make us lethargic and unproductive, and the next thing you know, the summer’s over. This is why you should prepare your home for the summer, if you haven’t yet. It’s only going to get hotter from here on out. Here’s everything your Arizona home needs during extreme summers:

Install Screens and Roll Shades

While it’s good to let natural light in once in a while, a good amount of heat in your home comes from your windows. Installing shade screens on your windows can help block up to 80% of the sun’s rays, in turn, cooling your home. SRP customers in Arizona may also enjoy rebates when they get window shade screens installed professionally. Motorized interior roll shades are also a  great option if you want to open or close the shades at the touch of a button. 

Clean or Replace Your Air Filters

Because of the dry weather, dust particles get stuck everywhere, especially in your AC’s air filters. Forgetting to replace or clean them may cause your air conditioning to malfunction, affecting its efficiency. The heat in Phoenix can go as high as 115 degrees, so it’s best to get your AC serviced at the start of summer.

Keep Your Backyard Cool

The heat shouldn’t be an excuse for you to avoid the outdoors during summer. It only takes a few steps to prepare the perfect backyard for you to relax in. First things first - expand your entertainment space with awnings and patio shades. This will make sure you get enough shade throughout the day, while enjoying your pool or barbecuing. Misting systems are also a great way to regulate your backyard’s temperature. 

Conduct a Home Energy Audit

You spend a lot more time cooling your home during summer than the rest of the year. Because this alone raises your electric bill, it’s important to make sure everything else in your home is working properly. Have a professional conduct a home energy audit for you. They will check your home’s insulation, lighting, use of electronics, and check for leaks. If you’d rather do the audit yourself, Energy.gov has written a simple home energy audit guide for you to follow in their blog. 

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Ways to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Storms

The increasing humidity can only mean one thing - Arizona’s monsoon season is here! From June through September, Arizonans may experience high winds, heavy rains, and even thunderstorms. So how does one go about preparing for harsh weather conditions? Quick answer: It all starts at home. Here are ways to prepare your home for monsoon season storms.

Protect your shades and awnings

The monsoon feeds on the summer heat and moisture, so naturally, the weather can be a bit erratic. One day the sun’s heat could be unbearable - and the next thing you know, the winds are howling and rain starts pouring. Strong winds can cause damage to your awnings and patio shades.

One good way to protect them is to use sun and wind sensors. Somfy sensors can automatically open or retract your motorized shades and awnings based on weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended.

Check your roof and gutters

Before heavy rains start pouring, make sure to do a routine check your gutters. Monsoon winds can send debris flying into your gutters, clogging them. This can cause rain water to overflow and lead to water damage.

You should also get your roof inspected the roof before and after rough storms, to make sure there are no damages that can cause leaks inside your home. Routine check might take some work, but it’s better than spending hundreds of dollars in repairs.

Inspect Your Windows and Screens

If you didn’t get the chance to do a full inspection of your home during spring, now might be the best time to do it. It’s important to check all openings in your home, especially windows. Look for holes that may cause debris and bugs to get in. If you have window screens, make sure they’re attached properly too, as loose screens panels may cause damage to your windows. If you’re unsure, have your windows inspected by reliable shade installers in your area.

Brush up on Safety Practices

Monsoon Safety Awareness week (June 14-19) may have passed, but it’s never too late to educate yourself. The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) has compiled a list of articles that can help you and the rest of your household prepare for weather hazards. In their website, you’ll learn how to build a basic emergency supplies kit, flood preparedness, and even pet safety during harsh weather conditions.

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