Last month, we discussed the advantages of performing home inspections during the rainy season.
But that’s not the only factor to bear in mind when inspecting homes in the southwest Florida summer.
As you’ve no doubt noticed, when we’re not getting summer showers in Sarasota-Manatee, we’re getting a pretty relentless heat/humidity combo. Our homes are here to protect us from the weather. If something goes wrong in your home during this weather, it can be a serious safety concern.
I always take my home inspections seriously, no matter what time of year it is. But in the summer time, I’m especially aware of how important it is that I’m able to track down potential problems before they get too dire. It’s not just about saving money; it’s about protecting you and your family.
Let’s face it: Most of us couldn’t live in this part of Florida without AC. And this time of year, your unit is probably working pretty hard. I have a few things I’m looking out for when I inspect your home’s AC, including
- Exposed parts like fans or wires
- Algae or mildew growth
- The unit’s foundation and surrounding area
I’ll also take note of your vents and ductwork as I move through your house. We’re so reliant on air conditioning this time of year, it’s a major factor in your home’s value.
While the temperatures soar during the day, summer is still a time for outdoor gatherings. But a lot can go wrong with your decks and patios.
Uneven or poorly established foundations aren’t just a problem for your deck or patio’s longevity. Trip hazards are a major risk. I inspect these spaces with an eye toward safety as well as durability.
You rely on your AC to cool your interior air. But insulation mitigates how hard your AC has to work to keep the air cool.
If your home isn’t properly insulated, you’re incurring major expenses in your power bill. And you’re affecting the life of your AC by making it work so hard.
Insulation is a tricky art. I’m able to test things like interior wall temperature, attic layout, window and door seals, and more to see how well your home is able to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.