Prepare Your Home for Spring

February 24, 2021

Spring is (almost) in the air! With warmer, sunnier days around the corner and spring less than a month away, now’s a good time to start preparing your home for the transition. In addition to going on a spring cleaning spree, here are some ways yu can cover your basics, from making sure your home is comfy to getting it ready for outdoor entertainment. 

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Check the roof & gutters

Rain, ice, sleet, and snow – your home weathers a lot during the winter. In preparation for those spring showers, you’ll want to clean out any debris that may have collected in your gutters and make sure that they haven’t sustained any damage like holes or cracks.

Same goes for the roof. Visually check the condition of your roof and look out for any damaged shingles. Give your attic a visit and check for any signs of leaks. Make sure to get any issues taken care of and repaired by professionals as soon as possible!

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Get smart about air conditioning

As temperatures change, so will your air conditioning needs. If you haven’t already, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Through customized automation settings and access through your mobile phone, your thermostat can adjust based on your schedule and even save on energy costs when you’re not home. 

While you’re at it – cover the basics too. It’s likely your HVAC system’s air filter collected lots of dust and debris over the last season so now’s the time to swap it out for a new one.

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Prepare the backyard and patio

Soon, it’ll finally be time to swap out for sweaters and boots for sunhats and flip flops! Before your family and guests start heading out back to soak up some sun, make sure your backyard is ready to entertain.

Do some basic landscaping by removing any stray branches or dead leaves that may have fallen all over your yard. Tidy up your shrubs and bushes and get those mowers and garden tools ready! If you have a deck or patio you like to relax on, do a quick check for any structural damage it may have suffered over the winter.

Then, take entertainment to the next level with outdoor video and audio. An outdoor TV is made to withstand the elements of all seasons, so you won’t have to worry during those cold winters and blazing hot summers. Complete your backyard oasis with outdoor speakers that blend in seamlessly with your landscaping and provide the perfect background ambiance for all those upcoming picnics, barbecues, pool days, and more.

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Do a home security audit & upgrade

Here’s a tip that’s good for all seasons. While many of us prefer to stay curled up at home during the winter, the Spring may mean more hustle and bustle as the family wanders in and out of the home more frequently. Keep up with everyone and ensure your home stays safe with smart home security devices like video doorbells, smart door locks, and security cameras with video analytics. 

Plus, a new season is always a great time to do a quick security audit with your home and family. Check all of the fire and carbon monoxide detectors and potential fire hazards and make sure they’re in good shape. 

Ready to upgrade your home?

Reach out to us at 678-566-2640 or sales@phoenixsystems.tv and a Phoenix Rep will be happy to discuss your needs and options!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.