As the season’s change, so do our chores! From an air-conditioning tune-up to pool maintenance, here’s our list of the 10 most important summer projects for homeowners!
1. Air Conditioning Tune-Up
The number one priority on your checklist is to tune up your AC unit! The tune-up will inspect refrigerant levels in addition to ensuring your fan is functioning well, your coils are thoroughly cleaned and there are no potential fire hazards. Keep your AC bill running smoothly by changing out your air filters often on a monthly basis!
2. Roof Check
When was the last time you inspected your roof? It’s extremely important to have your roof inspected annually! Checking your roof regularly will assist in finding small problems before they become big. Contingent on the type of roof, you may also want to clean your roof to avoid any permanent water damage. Summer is the best time to do this because the rainy season has just ended and storm damage has a better chance of being fixed when it’s caught early on!
3. Clean Gutters
To avoid clogging, you should clean your gutters twice a year: once in late Fall after all of the leaves have fallen and once in the beginning of summer after spring flowers, seeds and blossoms are done blowing off.
4. Window Check
Keep out the summer heat by maintaining your home’s windows! Check the sealants to ensure that both inside and out are secured, and caulk any open areas in between. Check weather-stripping for faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue!
5. Pressure Wash The Exterior
Pressure wash your home’s exterior (in addition to walkways, patio, and driveway) to remove dirt, stains, and mildew! Before you wash, make sure to cover plants, electrical outlets, windows and doors to avoid any safety issues!
6. Pool Maintenance
Make sure your pool is summer ready by cleaning it, leveling the water, checking the pumps and balancing the chemicals!
7. Exterior Paint Touchup
Now that it’s warm enough to work outside, you can finally touch-up the paint on the outside of your home! If you can’t remember the exact color, scrape off a quarter sized chip of paint with your paint scraper and take it to a paint professional store to get it matched.
8. Reverse Ceiling Fans
It’s a good idea to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan during the summer so that it spins counter-clockwise. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler in the heat!
9. Change Your Furnace Filter
Not only will you get better air conditioning in summer when you change your filter, you’ll also save on your utility bills and extend the life of your furnace, too!
10. Inspect The Hoses
Inspect the hoses to your washer, dehumidifier, dishwasher, icemaker, toilets, and refrigerator for any signs of leaks, cracking or wear and tear! You should be replacing these hoses once every 3-5 years, but it is important to check in between for any signs of leaking.