3 Home Maintenance Tips For Fort Myers Summers06/07/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker In summer, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your summer party, and not how to deal with sky high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Fort Myers is prevention. When you inspect and fix small problems, you can guard against larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay on top of your house’s maintenance before big problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in Fort Myers to increase your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep the heat out and your energy bills low. Begin by checking your doors and windows for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it if needed. You can also lower your utility bill by purchasing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Enhance Your Porches And Patios If you’re planning on barbecuing on your patio or deck during the summer, check that it’s prepared for guests. Begin by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. Look around to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that should be replaced because they’re broken and can’t bear weight. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and protect it from the bright summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. After you’ve fixed any damaged boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Add interest to the windows and doors next to your porch and patio by installing window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then bring in new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the edges of your porch or patio to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can disrupt your fun summer plans. Here’s a few things to check for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your electric bill by making your fridge work harder. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then deodorize and deep clean it by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. The last step is to clean out the filter (located under the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. You should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Have A Fun Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can have a relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a fresh look this summer with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, browse through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 239-208-6577. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Fort Myers and do all the measuring and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.