Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Home Maintenance

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on home maintenance and repairs before fall and winter weather arrives. Getting things done early will help keep your home well-maintained and comfortable the rest of the year. Take a look at some important summer maintenance tips for your home. 

Service Your HVAC System 

If you have a central heating and air conditioning system, make sure it's cooling properly for summer and heating properly for fall and winter. For best results, schedule an inspection with a professional HVAC technician who can install a clean filter, check operating parts, and clean the duct system. You'll want to make sure there are no cracks or rust in your heat exchanger before you fire up your furnace. 

Wash Your Windows 

Summer is a great time to wash all of your windows, so you can enjoy the sunshine. To make window washing easier and faster, invest in a quality squeegee with a long handle attachment for high windows. For best cleaning results, use a good glass cleaner or mild, soapy water, then dry with a squeegee or lint free shammy to avoid streaks. 

Check Your Roof 

Roof shingles can take a beating throughout the year with winter storms, rain and high winds. While the weather is still warm, go up on your roof to inspect for damages. If you notice, missing, cracked or curled shingles, replace them to avoid roof leaks. Clear all debris like twigs, branches and leaves from the roof and the gutters. 

Clean Your Outdoor Grill 

For charcoal grills, empty out ashy residue, then clean the entire grill with hot, soapy water. Let the grill dry completely before relighting. If you have a gas grill, leave the grill on high heat for 30 minutes with the lid closed. After it cools down, clean all racks with a grill brush. If you want to install a new gas grill, you can find contractors here to help you with proper installation. 

Clean Your Front Porch 

By cleaning up your front porch, you'll create an inviting entrance to your home. First, sweep and wash the porch, walls, overhang, and front door. Polish the door hardware, wipe down furniture, wash chair cushions and put down a new welcome mat. Make sure your doorbell works and replace any burned out light bulbs in porch and entry fixtures. Replace old, wilted plants and flowers with fresh, new ones.

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