After a long winter, many people look forward to summer. Although it's a great time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, it's important to get your home ready for the change in season. Make sure your kitchen is ready for the summer before it hits.
Fire Up the Grill:
Cooking indoors during the summer makes your home hotter and causes your HVAC system to work in overdrive. This happens because of the added moisture from boiling water and the heat from the stove. Fire up the grill, and enjoy barbecue for dinner instead of cooking inside all summer long. You will save your home from getting extra hot, your family can enjoy some fresh air, and you will get to eat burgers and other foods that taste better on the grill.
Can or Freeze Fruits and Vegetables:
If you have fruits or vegetables from the winter, it's time to can or freezes them so you can enjoy them during the summer as well. Frozen fruits are great to toss into smoothies, use as a topping for ice cream, or just defrost and enjoy. Don't throw away your fruits and veggies or let them go bad. Enjoy them all year by canning or freezing them before the season changes.
Double Check the Ventilation:
The ventilation in your kitchen is especially important during the summer when the humidity level is on the rise. Make sure the exhaust or ventilation works for your stove, and use it every time you cook on the stove. Boiling water especially adds humidity in the air, but you can combat it with a good ventilation system in your kitchen. If your kitchen doesn't have a working ventilation system, now is the time to call your HVAC contractor.
Consider Upgrading your Appliances:
Spring is the perfect time for kitchen renovations because it's warm enough to be out of the house, yet it's not so hot that you are dying to stay inside in the air conditioning. Consider upgrading your appliances, including your kitchen and your HVAC system. Your HVAC system has to work extra hard during the summer. especially if you cook inside often or take long, hot showers. A new HVAC system will help keep your home cool without jacking up your utility bill, even when you're cooking inside often.
Consider Hot Garbage:
Hot garbage smells terrible, so before summer starts, make sure to clean out your trash can. The spilled food and other garbage that collects inside your trash can might not be a huge deal in the winter, but when summer hits, it will get stinky fast. Also, make sure to clean your cupboards and throw away old food to prevent mold from growing on the food in your cabinets when the humidity hits.
Don't get caught off guard when the first heat strikes. Make sure your kitchen is ready to take on summer early so you can enjoy the warm weather and fresh air without worrying about your home.