In summer your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to deal with sky high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small problems you find, you can avoid larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s three home maintenance tips for summer that will keep you on top of your home’s maintenance before larger problems occur.

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Summer is the perfect time to increase your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep the heat out and your energy bills low. Start by checking your doors and windows for air leaks. Add weather stripping to doors or replace broken weather stripping if you feel air passing through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it as needed.

Installing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to reduce your energy bill - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use.

Enhance Your Porches And Patios

Shutters on a French door opening out to a patio

If you want to entertain on your porch or patio this summer, make sure it’s in tip-top shape for guests. Start by inspecting your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need to be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Then seal or stain your deck and patio to give it a fresh look and protect it from the hot summer sun and rain.

Once you’ve replaced any broken boards and sealed your patio, it’s time to make it shine. You can add interest to the windows and doors adjacent to your porch and patio by installing window treatments such as sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors. Then add new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape around your porch or patio to bring in color.

Maintain Large Appliances

Appliances that are broken or leak can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s a list of things to check for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly:

  • Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and increase your electric bill. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out the coils.

  • Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then give it a deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (located under the spray arms in most models) with soap and water.

  • Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. Once a year, you should clean out your dryer hose and exterior vent or hire a professional to do the job.

Enjoy Your Summer

By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a carefree summer. And if you want to give your home a new look this summer with window treatments for your patio, living room, or kitchen, check out our idea gallery and then call your local store for a free in-home design consultation. We’ll show you all your window treatment options and do all the work and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.