Get Your Home Ready For The Tucson Heat!
We all know that Tucson summers can be brutal for our bodies. Heat exhaustion, sun burn, and dehydration are just a few things that we need to protect ourselves against. But did you know that there are actions you can take to make sure your home is prepared for summer, too? We’ve got some great advice from Tucson’s best local businesses to help your house survive the heat.
When preparing to leave your house for the summer or any extended period of time, there’s a couple of things you’ll want to consider doing with regard to your plumbing. For your water heater, you’ll want to power it down, drain and flush it. You can also shut down your main water while still leaving water to irrigation for landscaping. Reverse Osmosis and water softening systems should be drained and flushed. If you have a sewer ejector system and will be gone long term, shut it down before leaving. You also might want to put anti-freeze in all P-traps (located in sinks, toilets, tubs, showers) to keep water from evaporating.
First off we’d recommend considering a whole home surge protector from Stacey. But not everyone goes for that so we deal with two types of customers; those that stay all year (except vacay), and those that bolt outta here for extended periods of time.
So at Up & Running Computer Services, we recommend for those that live here: We know when stormy season is. And most of us have a surge protector of one sort or another in our home. But one of my philosophies has always been, “There’s nothing better than an OPEN” In electronics terms, an OPEN is when a circuit is interrupted, physically. A blown circuit breaker creates an OPEN to the living room circuit, for example, until you reset the breaker, thus reconnecting the circuit.
So, at least during the stormy seasons, turn off the computer, and unplug it from the charger or from the power plug. That creates an OPEN.
And we also strongly recommend folks use battery backups, in our lingo, UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). These have good surge protection, but more importantly, if your power simply goes off, as power tends to do once in awhile, these babies can power your computer and monitor for 10, 15, 30 minutes … enough time that you can get to it and shut it down properly rather than risk losing data from an unexpected shutdown.
For those going away? Unplug, pack, store, and let the gear ride out the summer and we’ll dust ’em off in September and enjoy your time away!
Getting your A/C ready:
- Change your filter,
- Clean out the weeds around your outside unit and make sure all shrubs and trees are at least a foot away and do not hang over the top of the unit.
- Have a reputable HVAC contractor out to do an inspection and possibly maintenance on the unit. If there are any little refrigerant leaks, the coil need to be cleaned, the contacts need to be replaced, the capacitor is worn.
The Maids of Tucson:
Summertime can also bring a lot of dust, mud, and grime into your home thanks to haboobs, monsoons, and more. On top of that, the heat will make your house more attractive to bugs and other critters. Here’s some tips to help keep your house clean during the summer:
- Apply spray-on sunscreen outside or while standing on a towel to prevent greasy floors.
- Sweep often to keep sand under control and clear up crumbs that will attract bugs.
- Wash your bedding more often if you get sweaty at night.
- Take garbage out more frequently so the heat doesn’t exacerbate the smell.
- Wash soggy swimwear and towels often to prevent moldy smells.
Keep your home clean by counting on The Maids of Tucson! Contact us today to take the first step towards a spotless home.