Home Maintenance Tips for Summer
Get your house and yard ready for warmer weather with energy savings tips and information about interior and exterior home repairs.
Summer is here and during the transition of seasons it's a good time to take inventory of your home and yard to prepare for changes in temperature, weather and your family's habits throughout the warmer months. From easy energy saving tips to major home repairs (and everything in between), there's no shortage of steps you can take to help get all areas of your home in order for the summer. Not only will keeping up with certain things like your windows and HVAC system help you cut down on energy costs, but many home maintenance tips can also help you save money in the long run because you won't have to make as many major (and sometimes expensive) home repairs.
Is Your Home Energy Efficient?
As the weather heats up it will usually affect your energy costs because you'll probably be running your air conditioning more often and using more electricity since there are more hours of daylight. However, there are energy saving tips and home repairs and improvements that you can implement throughout your house to help reduce your energy costs while it's hot outside.
Keeping your home cool—and energy efficient—starts with a properly maintained air conditioning unit. Seasonal HVAC maintenance will usually include an inspection, a thorough cleaning and filter change, as well as servicing any parts that require repairs. Having your air conditioner serviced will help keep it running efficiently throughout the hotter months and can even help extend its lifecycle.
If you have ceiling fans, make sure the blades are revolving counterclockwise to improve your home's energy efficiency. This will help move the air around the room and push the hotter air toward the ceiling, cooling down the temperature. Most fans have a switch on the motor that easily changes the fan's direction.
DOORS AND WINDOWS
Properly insulated doors and windows play a big part in a home's overall energy efficiency. There are a number of things you can do to update your entryways to make sure they are sealed properly and weatherproof so your home stays cool in the warmer months and warm in the winter. Add weather-stripping to the bottom of entryway doors to ensure air doesn't escape when they are closed. If your doors or windows frames have any gaps, you can apply a layer of caulk to seal them. Replacing hardware on doors and windows—hinges, faceplates, locks—can also help to reinforce that they are closing tightly and keeping cool air inside.
In addition to giving your windows a thorough cleaning, inspect and replace any damaged screens. If you want to maximize your windows’ energy efficiency, install a reflective film, sunscreen-fabric curtains or roller shades. If you're upgrading to brand new windows, choose panes with a low solar heat gain coefficient, which essentially reduces heat transfer and prevents excessive heat gain. No matter what energy saving tips you follow when choosing new windows, make sure that overall they will help minimize your heating, cooling and lighting costs.
Exterior Home Repairs
As you're getting your house ready for summer, remember that home maintenance tips aren't just for the interior parts of your home. There are plenty of exterior areas of your house and your yard that you can upgrade to make more energy efficient, but also to ensure overall maintenance is kept up, especially for areas that may be utilized more during the summer.
Inspect your home's foundation and crawl space for any damage and fix cracks and clean out screens on vents to allow for air circulation, which helps prevent excess moisture. Repair or replace broken screens so that critters can't get underneath your home. You may choose to have a professional inspect your foundation for any problems, including termite and pest control.
Since warmer months typically bring wetter weather, it's imperative that your gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves and debris to ensure proper drainage during rainstorms. Downspouts should carry water away from your home and foundation and should empty into the street curb, if possible, or porous soil with adequate drainage to prevent your yard from flooding.
Tackling all the areas of your yard may seem overwhelming - in addition to the lawn, there's the driveway, fence and outside structures such as decks/patios. However, it's extremely important to make sure all of these areas are in good shape and proper working order especially if you will be hosting guests (including children). Do a careful inspection of your grill, patio furniture, playground equipment or other items that people may come in contact with to make sure there isn’t any damage or anything potentially hazardous (loose screws, sharp edges, etc.) that could hurt anyone. Summer is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy your yard and the outdoors with friends and family, so make sure to make any necessary home repairs before hosting your next big barbeque.
The information and advice contained in this article is intended as a general guide for informational purposes only. It does not take into account your personal situation. While we at Resolve have significant experience and history operating in the home restoration industry and working closely with construction contractors, we are not licensed as a general or specialty contractor. We encourage you to consider the information we’ve provided but urge you not to rely upon it in place of appropriate professional advice from a licensed, experienced construction contractor.