Summer is an ideal time to tackle some much-needed work around the house. While sitting by the pool or spending the weekend camping may sound more appealing, checking off these summer home maintenance projects will reduce the risk of problems later.
Summer Home Maintenance: Improve Indoor Air-Quality
With use, the HVAC filter and vents get dirty with dust, pollen, and pet dander, which can contribute to allergies. Summer is a great time to vacuum out air ducts and change the filter in your heating and cooling system. Unobstructed airflow also helps the HVAC system run more efficiently. To further improve your home’s air quality, clean the ceiling fans. Just like the air ducts and filters, fans will gather dust. Wipe down the blades and tighten hardware that may have become loose.
Check for Air Leaks
Over time, the seals around windows and doors will become damaged and need repair. Filling gaps and cracks around windows and door frames is an important home maintenance project. Check the seals around doors and windows. Look for cracking or damaged weatherstripping. Resealing the area is a quick and easy task that usually only requires caulk and a steady hand. Once you have identified problem areas, run a line of caulk and then smooth it out with your finger. Sealing air leaks makes your home more energy-efficient and will save you money on energy bills.
Clean the Gutters During Your Summer Home Maintenance
During the fall and spring, gutters collect leaves and debris that clog the channels. It’s important to keep the gutters clean, and summer is a good time to check this task off your list. Remove twigs, dirt, leaves, and pine needles and rinse the gutters with a garden hose. Make sure water flows freely through the channels and out the downspouts. Check for leaks and cracks and make sure the gutters are securely fastened to the house.
Pressure Wash the House
Warmer weather offers the perfect opportunity to use your pressure washer. If you don’t own one, rent a machine from your local hardware store. Use the pressure washer to clean the deck, driveway, and walkways. You can also use it to remove mud, pollen, and mildew and clean your home’s siding. When set on a low-pressure setting, this machine is helpful for cleaning upper story windows, too. The exterior of your home will look new and you’ll boost curb appeal.
The longer, warmer days of summer provide plenty of time for tackling basic home maintenance. Take pride in your property and spend some time on these improvements.