The weather’s finally warming up and summer’s just around the corner. With the beautiful weather in sight, now’s the perfect time to start making your to-do list for your home maintenance for the summer. Even if you’ve just wrapped up with your spring cleaning, there are always things you can look to improve in your home. Don’t skip over these steps when you’re making your summer home maintenance checklist.
If you’re going to have the A/C on more frequently due to climbing summer temperatures you’ll want to make sure that your HVAC system is clean and has a new filter. Indoor air often contains twice as much dust as the air outside, which equals a million microscopic particles in a cubic inch of air. This is often due to poor filtration in HVAC systems. To keep yours clean, experts recommend that you have your HVAC system inspected twice yearly for maximum efficiency.
While getting to work on your plumbing might seem like something you could take care of year-round, it’s easiest to manage in the summer months. In the winter, you risk your pipes freezing, making it a difficult time to make repairs. For major repairs, like installing a new water heater, it’s best to take care of it during the warmer months. A standard water heater only lasts 10 to 15 years before corrosion attacks the tank walls, so check to see if yours is due for a replacement.
Summer’s the best chance you’ll have to work on your home’s exterior appearance, particularly when it comes to siding or paint. Why? During the summer, you likely have fewer elements to contend with when it comes to weather. Take some time to fix up the exterior paint for your home and replace any old, damaged siding. You’ll be taking care of your home while also improving your house’s curb appeal.
Summer is peak grilling season, and no matter what your outdoor cooking set up looks like or how often you use it, you’ll want to properly clean and maintain it before you grill for the first time this year. Maintenance requirements will vary depending on if you use a gas grill or a charcoal grill, but it’s still best to do a deep clean before you first cook. Don’t forget regular maintenance and cleaning throughout the rest of the season too.
Your porch or patio can take a beating during the cold winter months. Snow, rain, ice, and storms can all damage the materials your porch or patio are made from, and summer offers a bit of time in between to properly maintain this space. Your furniture might need some touching up, too. If you have any sort of leather, make sure to use a good leather conditioner every 4-6 months. Take this opportunity to repair any damaged areas of your deck, power wash your patio, or patch up your porch. That way, you’ll be set for any outdoor events you host this summer at your home.
Summer’s a great time to update many areas of your home, even if you’ve just finished up with spring cleaning. How do you plan to fix up your home this summer?