3 Home Maintenance Tips For Gainesville Summers06/07/2016Eric Ramsey During the summer, your biggest concern should be about having enough food for your summer party, and not how to deal with high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a busted appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Gainesville is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small problems, you can guard against bigger, more expensive projects going forward. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain in control of your home’s maintenance before bigger problems start. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in Gainesville to increase your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. Begin by inspecting your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace brittle weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace it as needed. You can also lower your utility bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize air transfer through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Spruce Up Your Decks And Patios If you’re planning on entertaining on your patio or deck during the summer, check that it’s ready for your guests. Begin by checking your patio or deck for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any boards, supports, or steps that should be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and protect it from the summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. After you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your patio and deck more beautiful by adding window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors. Then enhance your porch and patio with new patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape around your porch or patio to bring in color. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can disrupt your summer plans. Here’s a few things to check for with your major appliances to help them run smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your utility bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Unplug your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. Finally, clean out the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean out your dryer hose and exterior vent or pay a professional to do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By preventing large problems with your home and appliances, you can enjoy a carefree summer. And if you want to give your home a fresh look this year with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 813-602-5966. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Gainesville and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.