As the mild weather of springtime gives way to hot summer days, you’ll want to make sure that your home is prepared to deal with rising temperatures. If you’d like to use the warm summer days to get ahead on home maintenance, consider the following suggestions to add to your summer to-do list.
Examine the Deck Area
If your home has deck, it’s time to carefully inspect this area to make sure it’s safe and free from stray nails or splintered wood. The deck is likely to receive a lot of traffic from your household during the summer time, especially if you have a pool or like to host parties outdoors. To ensure that everyone’s feet stay free from splinters and cuts from a damaged deck, go outside for a thorough examination of the entire area as soon as the late spring days start feeling a bit warmer.
Replace the Air Conditioner Filters
When the whole family is home for the summer and spending more time indoors, it’s likely that the air conditioning unit will be working overtime to keep everyone cool. To help the system run efficiently, check on the air filters more often than usual. If you find that the filters need changing about once per month during the summer time, go ahead and change the filter as often as needed.
Power Wash the Driveway
Summertime is the ideal season to give outdoor areas of the home a deep cleaning. If your concrete driveway is stained from oil or bird droppings, rent a power washing machine or hire your favorite contractor to get the job done for you.
Wipe Off the Windows
If you’ll be encouraging the kids and pets to play in the backyard during the summer, it’s a great time to spray down the windows with your cleaning solution of choice and wipe them until they’re crystal clear. While you sit at the kitchen table and work or read a book, you can still keep an eye on your loved ones through your newly cleaned windows.
Inspect or Repair Your AC
During the summer season, you’ll likely be using your AC at all hours of the day. To ensure that the unit is up for the challenge, call an HVAC repair company to prepare your home for hot summer days. To avoid feeling miserable in the event that your AC is broken, call the repair company well before the official start of summer. Most HVAC companies have their hands full during the peak of the summer season, so you’ll want to get a head start in making sure that your system is running efficiently.
Maintain Your Yard
During the mild spring months, the plants in your yard probably grew too quickly for you to keep up with. Warm weather and rainy days cause plant overgrowth, and you’ll want to trim or pull these plants before they start to wilt in the summertime. If the grass and plants in the flowerbeds look a little too wild, take this time to start trimming them down. After you’ve mowed the lawn and trimmed the other plants, be sure to water often to avoid a parched and brown yard.