3 Home Maintenance Tips For Sacramento Summers06/07/2016Curtis Orton In summer, your biggest care should be about how many guests are coming to your summer party, and not how to handle high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Sacramento is prevention. By inspecting and fixing little issues you discover, you can prevent larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that will keep you on top of your home’s maintenance before big problems start. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Sacramento to increase your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep the heat out and your energy bills low. Begin by inspecting your doors and windows for air leaks. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace the broken sections. Installing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to lower your energy bill - and perhaps even get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize air transfer through your window’s glass. 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 Decks And Patios If you’re planning on barbecuing on your patio or porch this summer, make sure it’s in the best shape for guests. Start by checking your patio or deck for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that should be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and shield it from the summer sun and rain by staining or sealing it. After you’ve fixed any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your doors and windows next to your patio and deck more beautiful by adding window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then add stylish patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape the area around your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can disrupt your fun summer activities. Here’s a few things to check for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your utility bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Begin 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 leaks or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (located under the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or hire a professional to do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By preventing large problems with your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a relaxing summer. And if you want to give your home a new look this year with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 916-250-0758. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Sacramento and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.