As the summer weather is kicking into full gear, it is the perfect time to check some things off your homes list to maintain it’s functionality.
The summer holds fun in the sun but also some intense heat and stormy temper tantrums. To prepare for these possible hazards, it’s important that we check the inner workings of our homes and ensure proper maintenance is conducted.
Below is a list of the important areas of your home that will affect your homes energy use, as well as determine your homes current condition and ability to withstand the weather in the future as well as safety.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors– Check batteries and ensure they work, replace if they don’t.
- Exterior home cleaning– Your home, just like all the others become susceptible to stains, moss, and bacteria, which can lead to the shortening of your homes life span, not to mention damage it’s curb appeal. While pressure washing can cause damage, an alternative option would be soft washing, which is a safe and eco-friendly, biodegradable option that will bring your curb appeal back in full force while increasing energy savings and extending the life of your home. (Always ask professionals before putting yourself in risky situations. If need be, hire the professionals to accomplish the necessary tasks.)
- Clean and replace window screens– Windows and screens naturally get dirty with the constant wear and tear of weathering. However it is important to clean both to avoid the entrance of dirt and debris from outdoors, into your home. If you have dirty windows and screens, simply opening your window when there is a slight breeze will allow for dirt to be blown into your home at a constant rate, potentially causing health problems or allergy issues.
- Air conditioner filter– Seeing as how the summer is generally hot, it’s no surprise the air conditioner is our favorite appliance this time of the year. Before running the appliance, check the air filter to make sure it is still in a clean condition that will not do more harm than good. These filters should be cleaned out every two weeks, especially when it is active for long periods of time. You can clean these filters by washing with warm water or using a vacuum cleaner.
- Air conditioner fan– The air conditioner unit also has a fan that needs to be cleaned like the filters. To remove the fan, it is important to turn the unit off, remove the frame, and take out the fan motor. Clean and replace in the same manner as the filters.
- Furnace filters– Furnaces also have filters that need to be cleaned, especially after long days of activity in the winter. The cleaning process is a simple wash, however if the filter has a cardboard frame, it needs to be replaced as it is not a permanent filter.
- Hose inspection– Inspect the hose lines of your washer, dehumidifier, dishwasher, icemaker, toilets and refrigerator for any kind of leaks, cracking or wear and tear. These hoses will need replacing every 3-5 years.
- Attic and Basement Inspection– At least once a year it is a good idea to inspect your attic and basement for any indication of pests, insects, water leakage, mold, mildew, and any peeking daylight when the lights are off. Any of the listed problems can result in serious repairs down the line if left long enough.
That’s all we have listed, but that’s never all. There is always something to check on and maintain in a home, but it’s important you do so in a manner that is most efficient with the time of year and potential weathering that will occur.
Until next time, have a safe and fun summer in the sun!
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