It is officially summer and with the sun in the sky longer, homeowners should consider adding a couple of maintenance tasks to their list of activities. The joy of a to-do list in the summer is soaking up some vitamin D and a enjoying a warm breeze while crossing each item off the list! Summer is a good time to check in with different areas of your home that have not particularly been in use during the colder months. Like any well-functioning machine, it’s time to oil up the parts of your home that maintain a great summer living experience and contribute to a good year’s worth of homeownership.
1. Keep up with your AC
If you breezed over a check-in with your air conditioning unit in the spring, it is important to get around to it now. Changing the air filter is a great first step. Once it is replaced, it is recommended to clean the filter every two weeks in order to maintain clean air quality in your home. Rinsing the filter with warm water or using a vacuum cleaner are the easiest ways to rid dust from the filter. Preserving the filter can increase efficiency within your home during the months where the AC is on high. On the outside of your home, be sure to clear out any ground covering weeds or plants around the HVAC unit. However, be vigilant while using clippers near the unit’s wires. When mulching or landscaping, make sure no debris has fallen into the unit.
2. Dust Your Fans
Between the cold winter months and the open windows of the spring months, your ceiling fans have more than likely built up a collection of dust. To ensure healthy air quality within your home, dusting your fans will make the difference. Give the tops of the blades some extra dusting love! Switch the direction of the blades during the summer months to counterclockwise to create a cooling downward air-flow. On most ceiling fans, there will be a switch near the drawstrings and lightbulbs that will adjust the direction the blades rotate.
3. Take care of your yard
Summer is an excellent season to spend some extra time on yard maintenance. Trimming your trees, your shrubbery, and vines will guarantee a tidy look to your yard and also maintains healthy plant growth and desired sizes of each plant. A tree’s branches are presumably the size of its underground root system; therefore, if a tree or shrub's branches are invading your porches or decks, most likely the roots are underground doing the same. Since it is summer, place the trimmings in a bonfire pile and enjoy making s’mores with your family! When mowing the lawn, be sure to pick up branches and debris beforehand to preserve the lawnmower's blade. As a bonus, try your hand at a potted herb garden or small vegetable garden in a patch of yard that has both sunlight and shade.
4. Maintain your Wooden Deck and Siding
When rain turns to snow in the winter, ice can create small holes and cracks within the wooden areas of your home. If your house has wood siding or a deck, be sure to inspect those areas. Doing so will bring awareness to parts that need patched or replaced. Having a wooden deck can require a seal or fresh coat of outdoor paint as well. Generally, your deck may require a fresh coat of sealing paint or stain every two to three years.
5. Locate Heat-Sensitive Products
We all have those items that are sitting in the garage or shed that are heat-sensitive and too toxic to just throw away. If unexpired, the items can be placed in a cooler area during the humid and hot months. If you need to get rid of them, contact your local town or city government about disposal procedures.
6. Wash Windows and Screens
Summer is the ideal time to clean the outside of your home’s windows. Precipitation and debris build-up can be taken off with typical window cleaning products or a garden hose and rag. While you are at it, take the screens off of the windows and use a soft bristled cleaning brush and soap to get bugs, dirt and other fragments off. On cooler evenings, air flow will be able to come and go with ease!
As we enjoy these treasured summer months, maintenance tasks can easily be achieved. We hope these tips inspire you to conserve your house and practice seasonal upkeep. Let us know if you have any other tasks you implement during the summer months. Grab your sunscreen and radio and give your home some love!