Prepare your New Home in Little Rock for Summer05/14/2018Four Approaches to Get Your New Home in Little Rock Prepared for Hot Weather Long, sweltering weeks are just around the corner, and you want to make sure your home is prepared to handle the heat. If you have recently moved or are about to move to Little Rock, you may not have yet considered how your abode will fare this summer. You will definitely benefit by preparing your new home for scorching weather, and there are a few things you get started today that can help to make the change in seasons an easy one. Below are four steps to get your new house ready for summer in Little Rock. Seal Windows and Doors A lot of homeowners grasp that windows and doors readily permit cold air to escape, if they aren't well sealed around the edges. But, the problem might be greater than you think, since around 33% of your house's cooled air can be lost through leakage in these exposed places. That's why you must take a minute to survey windows and doors to make sure they are sufficiently sealed against air loss. Weather-stripping must be given the once-over and replaced if it is hard, crumbling or cracked. For places where weather-stripping is tough to install, silicone caulk will provide guarding against leaks. Also, make sure to close big gaps with expanding foam. You can buy it in easy-to-use spray cans, expanding foam can provide maximum defense for wide-open areas around doors and windows. Perform an Air Conditioning System Tune-Up Your new house's air conditioning system will most likely be heavily employed this summer, so you want to be certain it is competent to handle the load placed upon it. That's why you should call a professional to perform a thorough system inspection and tune-up. Definitely, you need to make sure that your A/C's heat-transferring components, the evaporator and condenser, are well-cleaned. Dust, dirt and other bits can block an effective transfer of heat from your home, which makes your system less effective and economical. Also, be sure that all air filters are replaced regularly over the course of the summer. Clean filters provide better air flow and also prevent stress on your system. In the end, the rather low cost you spend on air filters will save you money in reduced energy costs and longer equipment lifespans. Enhance Attic and Crawlspace Insulation Insulation is crucial for prohibiting heat from penetrating your abode and for allowing the inside to remain cool. You will want to take a closer look at your attic and crawlspace, if applicable, to make sure these places are well-insulated. Some heat and air companies offer no-obligation insulation inspections, so you should consult a professional to obtain their recommendation. Install LED Bulbs and Fixtures Many people do not realize just how much heat an incandescent bulb puts off, but the fact is that only a little over two percent of the energy spent by a traditional bulb is in the form of light. That means a residence filled with incandescent bulbs creates a fairly large amount of heat that must be vanquished by an air conditioner amidst summer. You can notably reduce this heat load by replacing current incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. These solid-state devices change most of the electrical energy to light and emit very little heat relative to older lighting technologies. Not only can you save money on your electric bill, LED lights often will last for a long time and will reduce your need to frequently replace bulbs. And, if you are planning for a move to Little Rock, A-1 Freeman Moving Group can help get you into that new home that is now totally ready for the scorching temps. Click here to learn more.