Summer offers an ideal time to do home improvement projects thanks to warm weather and maybe even some extra time off from your job. While it usually means you can do more work outdoors, this doesn’t mean you have to ignore the interior. No matter where you decide to do some improvements, you don’t have to spend hours or weeks completing it. If you’re looking for some quick and easy home improvement projects for your Springfield, Missouri, home, here are a few to consider.
One of the best parts about home improvement projects is that not all of them require excessive time. Sometimes, all you have to do is make a phone call. That’s the case for an HVAC tuneup. Instead of toying with components you may not fully comprehend, schedule a tuneup with one of our knowledgeable technicians. We’ll thoroughly inspect every aspect of your furnace, air conditioner, and ducts, making sure they’re in proper working condition. Not only will you experience whole-home comfort throughout summer, but you’ll also save money from improved HVAC efficiency.
Feed the Lawn
Without proper care, your lawn will end up becoming a horrible mess of weeds, dead grass, and insects. However, it doesn’t take days to make it the envy of the neighborhood. To start, grab a weed and feed fertilizer and spread it over the lawn. This boost of nitrogen gives your grass the nutrients it needs to grow, while killing the weeds that make it look less than average. If you find lots of insects near or in your home, killing the insects outdoors may help. There are several liquid or granular products you can put down to curb this problem.
If you’re eliminating weeds in your yard, note that many lawn weed killers and weed and feed fertilizers can burn your lawn if you apply them at temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. But with a little planning, you can have a beautiful, lush, green lawn that’s perfect for hosting backyard barbecues.
Plant Some Trees
Lounging on your deck or patio is a fun, relaxing way to spend time in the summer, but only if you have enough shade to keep the sun from ruining the experience. Although you can’t provide shade immediately outside of using an umbrella, summer does give you time to plant some trees. Head to a local home improvement store or nursery to select a few of your favorite types and plant them the same day. In just a few years, you’ll have a backyard that’s covered in shade, while providing an unbeatable ambiance.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
If you find that your energy bills skyrocket during the summer, your thermostat may be to blame. Outdated analog and even some programmable thermostats are ineffective at managing temperature, using more energy than necessary. To curb this heavy energy usage, consider a smart thermostat. Many of these systems allow zoning, which enables you to pick the rooms that receive air conditioning.
In addition, the smart thermostat learns from your behavior over time. This cuts costs even more, and provides the perfect temperature every time.
Get Weatherstripping Done
Weatherstripping is one of the easiest ways to insulate your home, taking little expertise and time. Typically made from rubber, weatherstrips keep air inside the home, resulting in improved thermal comfort and higher energy efficiency, saving you as much as 15 percent on your energy bill. However, these strips wear out or become brittle over time, losing their ability to insulate in the garage or attic, as well as around doors and windows.
To make sure you get better home comfort and lower bills, you should check your weatherstripping at least once a year. If necessary, replace it with new weatherstripping you can find at any hardware or home improvement store.
While some summer projects may seem like daunting tasks, these five are something that don’t require a ton of time or expertise on your part. If you’ve decided to make an HVAC tuneup part of your summer home improvement plan, make sure to call Goff Heating and Cooling today at 417-869-5203.
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