Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Longer daylight hours and a relatively more temperate climate allow homeowners to use the summer months for routine and extraordinary repairs and maintenance. 

Here are some good things to check that involve appliances and exterior work. 

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

5 summer maintenance tips

#1. Cooling

Check the furnace component and change the filters. Use HEPA filters whenever possible to keep the air cleaner and freer from allergens that worsen during warmer weather.

ERV or HRV units should be checked at the start of the season.

Window air conditioners need to be reviewed to be sure they are still solid in their mountings and good working order.

Have a professional check out the operation of the AC unit and the furnace.

The fan should be removed and cleaned of any dust. Be sure the external fins are clear of debris like leaves or grass clippings.

Running ceiling fans is a wonderful way to extend your cooling power without significantly increasing electric bills.

The air circulation will keep humans and pets more comfortable. 

As the fan runs, it will accumulate a layer of dust on the blade’s edge. Keep them dusted to avoid drag. If they are reachable, have the oil level checked every few years. Be sure the fan runs counterclockwise to push the air down onto those below for best cooling ability. 

#2. Holes

Early in the spring, check for tears in window and door screens.

This will keep those pesky insects outdoors where they belong. At the same time, look for cracks around the frames and any vents. Inspect foundations, including around the windows and doorsteps.

Have any visible gaps or loose bricks been replaced or repaired.  This will help the overall structure and reduce any air conditioning escape. 

#3. Washing Machine

Your washing machine will get more activity during the summer with the heat and more frequent clothing changes.

Look at the seal between the door opening and drum and remove any soil buildup or stains. Using ¾ cup of chlorine bleach to a gallon of warm water, you can wipe the area and let it sit for about five minutes.

Wipe dry with a clean cloth and allow it to air dry.  This will also help with any odors that may accumulate.

#4. Driveways

Nice weather means more entertainment opportunities. 

Haul out the power washer, give your driveway, and walk a good cleaning to greet your family and friends with a tidy area.  Tackle the patio and deck as well. 

#5. Attics and Basements

As icky as it may be, schedule a day to climb into the attic and look for any signs of pests, or water leakage, and look through to the sky to see if you notice any daylight creeping through holes or cracks. 

The basement needs a review as well for any moisture or dampness.  Give the foundation a good look for cracks and have them repaired before the damage becomes serious.

At this point, it isn’t a bad idea to schedule a roof inspection. Winter winds, ice, snow, and low-hanging branches can damage the roof’s surface. Hire a professional to scale to the top and look at everything, including flashings and seals around the exhaust and furnace pipes.

Do you know a great summer home maintenance tip?

Share with our community any tips or tricks you know to provide maintenance to your home during the summer.

Surely, this is the best time to take care of your property.


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