The warmer weather is officially upon us as we approach the summer season.
Before vacations begin and weekends get busier, now is a great time to make sure that your home is just as prepared for summer as you are. The good news is there are many things that you can do to prepare your home that won’t eat up much of your time. Here are 10 of the best things to do on a weekend to get your home into great shape.
Ceiling Fans – Ceiling fans are oftentimes used far less during the winter months. For those who haven’t been operating them since last year it is a good idea to dust them off and test them out so you keep cool during the warmer temperatures of summer.
Air Conditioning – Test out the AC system ahead of time. Don’t wait until the highest temperatures of summer arrive to find out that you need a repair or servicing.
Inspect around your Air Conditioning System – Remove any and all growth from nearby plants or weeds from the outside system. Be sure that proper venting and air circulation is keeping your system operating as efficient as possible. A good rule of thumb is to keep all plants trimmed back at least 18 inches from your system’s components.
Refrigerator Filters – Similar to your HVAC system, refrigerators have filters as well. Select models have filters for both ice and water. Check your manufacturer’s recommendation for how often you should be replacing them.
Mulch – Mulching your beds offers many benefits. Mulch will not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but it will also assist in keeping weeds at bay while retaining moisture for your planted shrubs.
Refrigerator Coils – Your refrigerator will run more efficiently if you keep the coils clean and free of dirt and debris. Save money and extend its life by shutting off the power and vacuuming the coils.
HVAC Filters – As the new season is upon us it is a good time to routinely inspect or replace your air conditioner’s filters. Check for any wear or excessive dirt for indications of needed replacement. Your local hardware store will most likely carry these so just note the size of the filter when shopping.
Showerhead – Over time your showerhead can become clogged with mineral deposits making for weakened water pressure. Take the time to clean it off to ensure that you are getting the best shower experience. Filling up a bag with vinegar and tie it up around the shower head and soaking overnight can be a great way to clean it.
Inspect the deck – Winter and spring can leave their mark on your exterior decking. Inspect your deck for any rotting wood, loose nails or boards. It can be cost effective to repair or treat the wood regularly while providing a safer and more aesthetically pleasing outdoor space.
Sprinklers – Test out that irrigation system before the scorching sun arrives. Inspect the system for any leaks or broken heads now before you are waiting for a repair company during the height of the summer heat.