Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is the ideal season to make the most of the pleasant weather and tackle some household tasks. Ensure your home operates smoothly during this time by incorporating these tasks into your routine maintenance plan.

Indoor Spaces

Switch your ceiling fan blade direction counterclockwise: Did you know that the direction in which a ceiling fan’s blades spin greatly affects its performance? This is because the blades’ rotation determines the airflow within a room. During warmer seasons, when you’re looking to lower the temperature indoors, the blades should spin counterclockwise in order to create a downdraft and cool the air.

Remember to switch the blades back to a clockwise rotation when the weather gets colder. This will generate an updraft, facilitating the circulation of warm air in the room. Additionally, while adjusting the blade direction, ensure that any wobbling blades are stabilized by tightening loose screws and dusting them if necessary.

Clean refrigerator coils: The coils under the refrigerator tend to accumulate dust and pet hair. Cleaning them can help your fridge run more economically.

Wash windows and check screens: Looking to give your windows and tracks a thorough cleaning? It can make a world of difference in removing any buildup from dust, cooking, smoke, candles, and fireplaces. As you tackle the task of cleaning your windows, don’t forget to also check the screens for any potential repairs. And for smoother operation, be sure to clean out those patio door tracks as well. Your windows and doors will thank you!

Check for air leaks around windows and doors: To help keep cold air in and hot air out, check your windows and doors for leaks. If you find any leaks, consider sealing them with weather stripping or caulking.

Outdoor Home Maintenance

Service your air conditioner: Regular maintenance can help ensure your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible during the summer.

Hose down your exterior air conditioner unit: Over time, air conditioners can accumulate dirt and debris, leading to a decrease in their effectiveness. To improve their efficiency, it is recommended to use a garden hose to gently spray the unit and remove any buildup. Additionally, it is important to regularly clear away any plants or weeds that may grow inside the unit and hinder its performance.

Wash windows: Want crystal clear windows? Follow these simple steps: First, wash the exterior of your windows with a mixture of lukewarm water and soap to eliminate any water spots or accumulated dust. Next, use a microfiber cloth to dry and polish the windows to perfection. Keep in mind, that it’s best to tackle this task on a cooler day or during the evening when the sun has set. The hot air can cause cleaning products to evaporate too quickly, resulting in unsightly streaks on your windows.

Wash siding: Although it may be tempting to rely on a pressure washer for cleaning your home’s exterior, it is best to opt for a garden hose to prevent potential damage to the exterior and avoid water seeping under the siding. Additionally, consider applying a fresh coat of paint and repairing any damaged vinyl or aluminum siding for a polished look.

Look for signs of critters and bugs: It’s important to regularly inspect your plants, trees, and shrubs for any signs of insect infestations. Don’t underestimate the potential damage that termites can cause – they can often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Look out for indicators such as peeling wood, traces of mud, and tunnels in the wood of your home’s exterior. If you have any doubts about a possible infestation, we highly recommend scheduling a professional pest control inspection. And don’t forget to also check out our helpful tips for dealing with other common pests like moles and deer, as well as keeping pesky birds away from your home.

Pressure washing: Enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior by utilizing pressure washing services on your sidewalks, porches, and driveways. Additionally, your fences and decks can benefit from a gentler, low-pressure cleaning.

Tidy Up Your Landscaping

  • Trim shrubs and bushes as needed.
  • Get weeds under control.
  • Remove dead or unhealthy plants so that others may thrive.
  • Consider replacing the removed plants with new ones.
  • Introduce some pops of color to help improve the curb appeal of your home.
  • Add a fresh layer of mulch to mulch areas.

Trim trees: It is important to properly maintain trees in order to avoid any potential damage to your home. This includes regular pruning of their branches and keeping a safe distance from power lines and your home to prevent any storm-related issues. Regular inspections for signs of decay, such as cracks or hollowed limbs, are also necessary. If there are any large or high limbs that need to be cut or removed, it is best to seek assistance from an experienced arborist or tree care professional.

Check gutters and downspouts: Safely clear all debris from gutters and see that downspouts are still routed properly so water drains away from the house.

Inspect the roof: While on the ground, step back from your home and inspect the roof for maintenance from all sides to see if shingles are cracked, curled, or missing.

Clean exterior dryer vent: Clean the outside clothes dryer vent to remove any built-up lint and allow your dryer to work more efficiently.

Inspect driveways and walkways for damage: Conduct a thorough inspection of the pavement for any cracks or holes. Address these issues promptly to minimize the risk of accidental slips, trips, and falls. Taking action now can also prevent the need for more extensive repairs or resurfacing in the future. In the case of weeds sprouting between cracks in the pavement, refrain from pulling them out. This method only removes the visible part of the weed, while the root system remains intact and leads to regrowth within a few weeks. Instead, opt for a cost-effective solution by boiling water in a kettle, carefully carrying it outside, and pouring it over the weeds to effectively eliminate them for the season.

Garage maintenance: Many items should not be stored in a garage. Hazardous materials such as paint, solvents, and chemicals should be kept away from children and disposed of properly. Don’t store heat-sensitive or combustible materials in the garage, as the temperature will be rising throughout the season. Consider storing power tools in locked cabinets to help keep them away from children. Inspect the floor for grease spots from leaking car fluids, and have your car serviced promptly if you find any.

While these items are easier to perform in the summer, there are more home safety items to look at throughout the year such as having your chimney cleaned and checking on carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors.

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