Thursday, July 18, 2013

How to Beat the Heat in Your Millburn-Short Hills Home!

It has been an extremely hot, humid week in New Jersey, and it's not over yet! Forecasters say today and tomorrow will remain in the 90s but will feel like 105 degrees. As your Millburn-Short Hills real estate agent, I can assure you, that is hot.

What can you do to make sure you’re cool and safe in this heat? For one, make sure your air conditioner is working properly! If the air begins to feel less cool, or you notice it not kicking on, call someone immediately. With units working so hard, repairers might be quite busy.

As states, this heat poses the biggest threat for the very young, very old, disabled and pets. You can do your part by checking on elderly or disabled neighbors, to make sure their air conditioning is on and they are comfortable. Also, be sure they are drinking lots of water, as are you! If you have pets, don’t leave them outside for any length of time.

You could also visit a local pool! The Millburn, NJ swimming pool is located at Gero Park and includes a main pool with a water slide, and a wading pool. The Summit, NJ community pool is located at the Summit FamilyAquatic Center, with pools, slides, interactive water toys and a diving board. Some cities, like Hoboken, have set up sprinklers in community parks.

While in your home, these are great tips from Yahoo Homes on how to cheaply keep cool:
  • Window film can be stuck to windows to block infrared light while still allowing visible light into the room. It minimizes heat so it can save you 30 percent on cooling costs!
  • Solar shades or special screens can also help keep heat from the sun out. Solar shades are mounted on the outside of windows.
  • Exhaust fans are great for placing in windows at night when it cools off, just to filter out some of the air with fresh air. This only works when the evening air is cool, though.
  • Turning on ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air circulated and to feel a cool breeze.
If you’re looking to sell your Millburn-Short Hills home soon, don’t lose curb appeal by allowing your lawn to wither and die in this heat. Plant Solutions in NJ shared these tips:
  • Keep your lawn uncut a little longer than usual, to help it retain water and stand up to heat.
  • Skip the lawn fertilizer. You could damage your lawn with fertilizer. Wait until the fall!
  • Water it in the early morning. This way, you’ll prevent evaporation, which dries out the lawn.
  • Water deeply. Longer watering two or three times a week is better than light, frequent watering, because the water is able to get down to the roots deep in the soil.
Hope these tips help you stay cool and keep your house in great shape for a home sale! When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Millburn-Short Hills real estate market, contact me!

Elaine Pruzon
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