3 Home Maintenance Tips For San Diego Summers06/07/2016Tyson Williams In summertime, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your deck party, and not how to deal with expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in San Diego. By inspecting and resolving little issues you discover, you can avoid larger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay in control of your house’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in San Diego to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep the heat out and lower your energy bills. Begin by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace old weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it as needed. You can also lower your energy bill by purchasing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Brighten Up Your Patios And Decks If you’re planning on hosting parties on your patio or porch during the summer, ensure it’s prepared for guests. Begin by inspecting your patio or deck for safety. Look around to see if there are any boards, supports, or steps that should be replaced because they’re broken and can’t bear weight. Then seal or stain your patio and deck to give it a new look and shield it from the hot summer sun and rain. After you’ve fixed any damaged boards and areas and sealed your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. You can add interest to the windows and doors next to your patio and porch by adding window treatments such as plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then make your porch or patio a haven by bringing in stylish patio furniture or a fire pit. Finally, landscape the area around your porch or patio to cheer up the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your fun summer plans. Here’s some things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your energy bill by making your fridge work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then give it a deep clean and deodorize it by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. Finally, 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 bulges, cracks, or leaks. If necessary, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a pleasant summer. If you want to give your house a beautiful look this summer with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 760-405-8887. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in San Diego and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.