It is prudent to prepare your home for potential intense summer storms. In the summer, it is especially important to prioritize home appliances like electric fans and other items in a home maintenance plan. With friendlier weather and warmer temperatures, a lot can be seen and done that will prepare your home for the rest of the year.
Furthermore, summer is a great time to unwind by a pool or lake, read under a tree, or nap on a cool porch. For homeowners, the seasonal change in weather should serve as a reminder to complete home maintenance tasks, particularly those that are easier to complete when the weather is nice.
Nothing beats relaxing at home on those perfect summer days and nights. Summer can be wonderful, but it can also shine a light on all of those house projects you’ve been putting off for months.
So, how can you get your house ready for summer quickly? Here are some tips to get you started:
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Keep Your Windows Well-Maintained
Washing your exterior windows will make little difference if you don’t also clean your window screens. Remove the window screens and scrub them gently with hot, soapy water. If your screens are too dirty to clean, you should consider replacing them.
While you’re inspecting your screens, you should also inspect your windows and doors to ensure they seal tightly and function properly, allowing you to save the cool air from your air conditioner. Check out our tips for cooling your home without central air if you don’t have it.
Clean Your Fans
Many homeowners are unaware that ceiling fans can be programmed to spin in different directions depending on the season. During the summer, your home’s ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise, forcing air downward and creating a cooling effect.
Inspecting and cleaning your ceiling fans is a simple but important summer home maintenance task to add to your to-do list. Each fan is unique, but most ceiling fans have a visible switch that changes the direction of rotation. First and foremost, make sure your fan is set to run counter-clockwise during the summer.
Ceiling fan blades are notorious for collecting dust, so grab a cleaning rag and clean up your fan while checking the direction of the fan.
Monitor Your Garden
Don’t worry if you were unable to get to your home gardens during the spring; it’s not too late. Summer is a great time to focus on your gardens to help beautify the appearance of your home.
Mulch in your gardens is a simple and relatively inexpensive summer home maintenance task to consider. Mulch is great for giving your garden a clean and crisp appearance, but it also helps keep weeds out and locks in moisture, keeping your plants alive during the hot summer months.
Clean Your Airconditioner
Start the summer off right by cleaning your air conditioner’s air filter. Over time, your air conditioner’s filters can become clogged and dirty, which blocks airflow and reduces the system’s efficiency. Cleaning the filter (which is recommended every two weeks during peak season) can reduce the unit’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Remove the filter from the unit, wash it with warm water, and let it dry completely before replacing it. You can also have the unit serviced by a professional. They’ll check the system’s refrigerant units, test for leaks (which can cause water damage if left unattended), and, if necessary, reset the thermostat.
Watch Out For Pests
Because warmer weather necessitates more time spent outside, you’ll want to keep your yard free of insects. Instead of running inside for cover, a quick spritz of outdoor bug spray around the perimeter of your house and yard will keep you relaxed in your yard. You can also caulk your windows and doors to keep bugs and ants out of your home.
Even though summers are typically a time for relaxation and vacations, summer home maintenance is important and should not be overlooked. The maintenance tasks listed above can help to keep your home in good condition.
Homeowners who decide that these summer home maintenance tasks are unimportant often end up spending more money in the long run, because deferred home maintenance can be very expensive.