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Getting Ready for Warmer, and Maybe Stormy, Weather


As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, preparing your home and yard for warm weather is essential to enjoy the season to its fullest. At the same time, you may out-smart the weather – cleaning the yard of debris and branches that could cause problems in bad weather. Read through these tips and plan a home “workday” to make sure you are ready for summer.

Inside Your Home

  • HVAC. Start by servicing your air conditioning system. Clean or replace filters, check for any necessary repairs, and schedule a professional inspection to ensure it runs efficiently when you need it most.
  • Let the light in! Switch out heavy winter drapes for lighter window treatments to let in more sunlight and fresh air. This is a great time to wash your windows, too, since they might not be covered by window treatments as often now.
  • Control the humidity. Not often a problem in Colorado, humidity levels should still be monitored. Humidity can be a silent destroyer within the home, causing damage to structures and creating an uncomfortable living environment. To mitigate these effects, maintain indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50%.
  • Freshen the bedroom. Swap out thick bedding for lighter materials. Cotton blankets work well for the warmer months. You might even want to switch up your bedding colors, opting for a brighter color palette that echoes the color of summer blooms.
  • Summer clothing. Store winter clothing to make room for summer attire. If you don’t have an extra closet for this purpose, consider investing in plastic storage bins and hanging storage bags. Make sure clothing is freshly laundered before storing.
  • Don’t forget about the foot traffic! Ensure your home is ready for the increased foot traffic that comes with warmer weather. Clean and organize entryways, making space for sandals and summer gear. Place doormats both inside and outside entry doors to reduce debris on your floors.


Outside Your Home

  • Clear Debris. In your yard, begin by clearing out debris from flower beds and lawns, and consider aerating your lawn to promote healthy grass growth. Cover planting beds and the base of trees with a 2-inch layer of mulch.
  • Prune. Pruning overgrown shrubs and trees not only tidies up your landscape but also prevents potential damage to your home from broken branches in the event of late-spring or summer storms and accompanying winds.
  • Gardening. It’s also the perfect time to plan your garden. Decide on the types of plants you want to grow, considering the amount of sunlight and water they will need. Start seedlings indoors or prepare your soil for planting by adding compost or fertilizer to enrich it.
  • Water sources. Inspect your outdoor faucets and irrigation systems for leaks or damage that may have occurred during the colder months. Additionally, clean out gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage during spring showers.
  • Exterior damage. Check for any damage to the roof, siding, or foundation. Make any necessary repairs to prevent leaks and water damage. Resealing decks, and repainting where needed not only improves the appearance of your home but also provides protection from the elements.


Bring the Outside Inside

Plants are not only aesthetically pleasing but can also serve a practical purpose in regulating indoor humidity levels. Certain plants excel in absorbing excess moisture from the air, a trait that can be particularly beneficial in creating a balanced indoor climate. Here is a harmonious blend of form and function that can enhance both the comfort and aesthetic of your home environment. For instance:

  • The Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is renowned for its moisture-absorbing capabilities. Its broad leaves take in moisture from the surrounding air, which can help reduce the overall humidity within a room. This plant is also known for its ability to remove mold spores and dampness, making it an excellent choice for areas like bathrooms and kitchens where humidity tends to be higher.
  • The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is another natural ally against high humidity. It is recognized for its air-purifying qualities and its ability to absorb moisture, which can contribute to a healthier indoor environment. The Spider Plant is also effective in filtering out common indoor pollutants, such as formaldehyde and xylene, while its resilient nature makes it easy to care for.
  • Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) are also excellent at managing humidity levels. These plants naturally thrive in more humid environments and can absorb a significant amount of moisture from the air. Their lush fronds release moisture back into the air through transpiration, a process that helps maintain a balance in indoor humidity. Boston Ferns are particularly effective when placed in indirect light, adding both beauty and functionality to your home.
  • Bamboo Palms (Chamaedorea seifrizii) are yet another option for those seeking to combine elegance with practicality. These tropical plants are adept at absorbing moisture from the air, which can help to keep humidity levels in check. They also help filter out airborne toxins, providing a dual benefit for indoor air quality.
  • Other plants that are known to help reduce indoor humidity include English Ivy, which is particularly good at absorbing moisture in cooler climates. Orchids, while typically associated with more humid environments, can also absorb excess moisture through their leaves. Cacti, despite being native to arid regions, have adapted to absorb dew and other forms of moisture from the air, making them a unique addition to the list of natural dehumidifiers.

Enjoy Your Summer!

By considering these tips and taking action, you can create a comfortable and inviting space both inside and out, ready for the joys of summer.