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The summer heat requires some specific household care and, unfortunately, it goes beyond sweeping out the swimming pool.
From inside the home to outside, these are some of the tips you can follow to keep your home ship-shape throughout the hot months of summer.
Of course, the air conditioning is something you don’t want to attempt living without in these hot summer days. It pays to keep up with the maintenance on your air conditioner.
At the beginning of each summer, you should have your unit inspected by a professional. The technician will be checking refrigerant levels, cleaning out the coils, and making sure the wiring isn’t faulty and that the fan is working properly.
You can keep your air conditioning running smoothly by changing the filters regularly. If you’re using your A/C daily, most experts recommend that you change the filter once a month.
You should inspect the roof every year, and conducting the evaluation as part of your summer maintenance routine is a good way to make sure it gets done.
Regular inspections ensure that potential problems – like leaks – are detected before they become big issues.
It’s recommended that you have your gutters cleaned twice a year. One of those times just happens to be at the beginning of the summer. Regularly cleaning the gutters will prevent leaks and keep them from getting clogged.
If you want to keep the hot air out and the cool air in, you need to make sure your windows aren’t working against you. One of the most important aspects of window maintenance is to make sure the sealants are intact and in good shape.
Check the inside and outside of window, looking for areas that need new caulking. You should also make sure the weather-stripping doesn’t have any flawed areas. If you find something amiss, it’s important to fix it right away.
The varying elements of the seasons can have an adverse effect on the exterior of your home, which means it requires regular washes. A pressure washer will remove mildew, dirt and stains. Not only will your home look great, but you’ll also be lengthening the life of your home’s exterior.
Even if you live in an area in which you use your pool a good portion of the year, you’ll need to do a deeper clean than your normal maintenance at least once a year, level out the water, make sure the pumps are in good working order, and that the chemicals are correctly balanced. You’ll want to start this process at least a week before you’re ready to resume using the pool.
Your landscaping is one of the first things people notice when they see your home—make sure it’s living up to your expectations. Check for unwanted insects and remove any plants that have died. If you have sand or gravel as the foundation for your landscaping, give it a once over and add another layer if you need to.
Check for cracks or holes and fix them, calling in a pro, if needed. Use boiling water to pour on any weeds that are growing up in the concrete where they don’t belong.
Get rid of clutter and give your garage floor a good cleaning, as well.
Just like you try to stay on top of maintaining your home, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate your home insurance needs periodically. Contact your agent to make sure your coverage is still adequate and see if you need to make any changes.
Following these tips will help you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer – without worrying about unfinished jobs that are nagging in the back of your mind. You won’t regret taking some time to prepare your home, inside and out, for the warm summer season.
Do you commonly overlook any of these tasks?