Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors and make the most of the fair weather. However, that doesn’t mean you should neglect your home. Indeed, before summer strikes, it’s well worth carrying out a few essential maintenance tasks to ensure your home is running at its best during the season.
Not only will this make life much more comfortable, but it can also save you money on energy bills. Check out our top 5 maintenance hacks to keep your house humming this summer, below.
Fix Up Any Cracks and Leaks
Whether your winters are harsh or mild, the fluctuating temperature extremes, paired with increased moisture in the air, can gradually inflict a lot of damage to our homes. Sometimes, this damage is more noticeable than others, so once spring is in full swing, it’s a good idea to go around your home and inspect things.
Weatherstripping and caulk can easily crack, especially around doors and windows. This can let bugs in, as well as letting you air-conditioned air out, increasing your energy bills. Give all windows and doors a thorough check, and reseal as necessary. The roof is another common problem area, and it’s well worth keeping on top of small issues before they can become major problems. Check for leaks, as well as missing shingles.
Service Your AC
AC is a lifesaver during summer, so before the hot weather strikes, it’s a good idea to have your unit serviced. Inactivity during the winter can cause the unit to become dirty inside, leading to larger faults later on. If you’re not overly keen on paying for a professional service straight out, at least strip it down, and give it a good clean out inside, and fit new filters. Give the unit a test run to check that everything works well.
If it’s slow, noisy, or simply not working, call in a pro to have a proper look. One other task to consider is to reverse your ceiling fans. In summer, you want them to spin counter-clockwise, forcing air down. This will aid your AC unit and ensure a cool flow of air throughout your home.
Fix up Your Fridge
During the hot summer months, we rely on our refrigerators more than ever. Fresh food that isn’t kept cool will soon spoil, so it’s worth making sure yours is up for the task. Give it a good clean out, throwing out any old food.
If ice is beginning to build up, defrost your fridge, and check that the gasket on the door is working properly. The best way to do this is to close the door with a dollar bill stuck halfway in. If you can easily pull it out, your door isn’t shutting properly, which means your fridge is working harder and your energy bills are higher than they should be. When you load up your fridge with goodies, be sure to leave enough space for air to recirculate.
Clear Your Drains
Blocked drainage systems are a pain at any time of the year, but in summer they can become unbearable. With hotter temperatures, things can start to smell very bad, very fast. It’s well worth clearing out your drains and, if you have slow drainage, it might be worth having a professional take a look before it gets worse.
Taking care of your septic tank will generally help, and regular maintenance is advised. If yours hasn’t been pumped for 2 to 3 years, it’s worth pumping it before the summer begins. Warning signs for septic tank failures include slow drainage and soggy, smelly patches of grass and soil outside.
Do the Yard Work
Completing the yard work will allow you to enjoy the sunshine, rather than toil in it. Basic jobs such as cutting the grass should be completed once it’s dry enough to do so. This gives you a blank canvas to work with. You can then get on with removing leaves, twigs, and weeds, and replace them with flowers and plants instead. If you’re green-fingered, it’s a great idea to grow some of your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
Cleaning up the exterior of your home is also a good idea, making your yard much more inviting. Take care of your driveway and paths, and if you have a decking or patio area, now is the time to clean it up and make any necessary repairs. Give your grill a good going over as well, making sure it’s clean, safe, and ready to roll once your guests start dropping round.