We’re weeks away from rising temperatures, humidity, and scorching sun in Chennai. And this year is expected to be an especially hot one. claim some reports. Before summer hits at full force, make sure you and your home are prepared. If you are a resident of Hiranandani Parks, you are blessed with the invigorating freshness of air, lush green spaces and theme parks that will naturally keep you comfortable even in the middle of summer. Looking for a luxury home in a sports township this summer? You can invest in one or move into a majestic high-rise for never-before rentals that are nominal.

Here are a few useful tips from our experts to get your home ready for the season.

Think ahead and cash in on summer discounts. Many maintenance and cleaning companies offer significant discounts during the slow summer months. Take advantage of this and consider carpet cleaning, installation checking, window washing or opt for deep cleaning.

Check cooling units. Now that February is coming to an end, it’s time you gave your air conditioners a checkup. Make sure your air conditioning is in perfect working order. If you test them now and find out they are not functioning properly, you need time to come up with a solution before the weather gets unbearable.

You may also consider a smart thermostat, that does the thinking (and programming) for you to save energy and keep you comfortable. Depending on how often you use your air conditioning in summer, you can cut your electric bill quite a bit. If your AC unit is more than 15-20 years old, you might consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient, Energy Star unit.

Summer is the best season for painting a home or fence if you live in a villa. It can make your house look fresh and helps protect wood from rot and mold.  Preventative touch up jobs can save you a lot of money you would have to spend on repairs. It’s also a good idea to consider pressure washing the exterior walls before you paint, to remove dirt, stains, and mildew that paint can’t hide.

Since you’re having other things in your home inspected, don’t neglect the greenery on your property if you own an independent villa. Have trees, shrubs or even large plants that touch your house cut. Summer wind and rain can cause these to rub up against and seriously damage the roof or sides of your home.

Clean the pantry. This task often gets neglected in preparation for summer. It’s actually one of the easier jobs. Grab a big trash bag and start removing all the goods that have expired or won’t be used. Dust and clean away any debris that has accumulated. Organize the remaining items so you can see the dates and labels, and donate or give away cans that aren’t going to be used.

Flipping your mattress should be done in both winter and summer and is an important part of preparing for the season. Not only does this ensure longer wear for the mattress but it also allows you an opportunity to clean under the bed. Some newer mattress technology only requires rotating so check if you have a more trendy bed. It’s useful to vacuum the top of the mattress before and after flipping. If you suffer from summer allergies, invest in a hypoallergenic protection pad.

Summer months also mean pesky summer insects who invade your home. Check whether your home is properly sealed. Replacing worn strips can also lower your energy bills. Spray the exterior of your house with a preventative insecticide to create a bug barrier. If you have screen doors or screen windows, inspect that there are no holes or tears. Inside your home, you should look under the sink and other warm areas for cockroach nests. This is not applicable for residents of Hiranandani Parks, as the entire township is protected by state-of-the-art pest control

Embrace those lazy, hazy days of summer with a few simple chores that, done in advance, will make your summer a warm, leisurely breeze.