“Summerizing” Your Desert Winter Home
Your winter home in the desert needs just as much TLC when you leave it as your home up in the great white north. For snowbirds who have never spent a summer in the Mojave Desert, the heat can be brutal on your home. Here are a few tips to help keep everything in order for your return next spring.
Have your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioner) Serviced. If you didn’t have your HVAC serviced before the winter (yes it can get below freezing in many areas including Needles, CA and Fort Mohave, AZ), now is a good time to have all of those systems tuned up and ready for action. Bullhead, AZ homeowners can expect to turn on their AC or Evaporative Coolers by April or May. Today in Topock, AZ it’s a high of 82.
Next, you have a choice of turning off your AC or setting the thermostat to a high setting. If you have an evaporative cooler (swamp cooler), you can leave that on instead. However, this unit won’t do much when the weather becomes humid. When making your decision on turning it off or leaving your AC on you may want to consider what you’re leaving behind. Do you have artwork or plants? Is your security system temperature sensitive?
Check your windows to make sure they are storm ready. We have intense rain called monsoons that comes thru in the summers. The monsoon season begins on June 15 and ends on September 30. July and August can be the worst. Downpours are often brief, but rainfall is heavy. An area can flood very quickly, and the harsh winds can push water into cracks you never knew you had.
Also, the harsh temperatures in Arizona can cause the weather-stripping to crack and deteriorate. So be sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. This is an inexpensive fix that helps protect the inside of your home.
Just before you’re ready to leave, you’ll want to turn off and unplug all your appliances. Those monsoons have a lot of lightning and can create havoc on all your electronics. If you have natural gas, make sure it’s off at the main valve. Turn off the water heater too.
If you have any questions ADD AIR INC services the Mohave County areas of Bullhead City, Topock, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Arizona as well as Needles, California. We offer residential and commercial AC Repair and Installation Service. (928) 768-9825