The weather has been a great indicator that summer is nearing here in Calgary. Springtime always prompts the thought to do some cleaning around the house, but there are some other things you should do to get your home ready for summer (and even save some money too).
Turn down the heat: it's unlikely the temperature will dip down below zero (it's Calgary though so who knows), so now is a good time to turn your heat off, or at the very least down a to single digits. Especially during the day when nobody is home, turn your thermostat down. It will keep your home cool, and will also save you on heating costs.
Choose a fan over air conditioning: air conditioning units often cost a fortune to not only install, but also to run. Install ceiling fans or just having small plug-in ones will likely do the job just fine of cooling down your home during the summer months.
Check your home's exterior for damage/repairs: a lot can happen during the winter month's that you may never get to see due to built up snow, etc. This is the perfect time to inspect the outside of your home for cracks, chipped paint, etc.
Get your lawn ready - responsibly: If you start your landscaping and lawncare early enough, you'll have a lush, beautiful yard by summer and then all you have to do is enjoy it. Water your lawn to give it some much-needed moisture after the dry periods following winter. But be responsible, running sprinklers all day is costly.
Check your deck for needed repairs: as you do for your home's exterior, check the deck for any chipped paint or damage anywhere.