Summer’s Here! Time to Begin Your Summer Maintenance Schedule
Well, spring has already sprung and we’re already into the first months of the summer. Time for flip-flops, barbecues and (you guessed it) beginning your summer maintenance schedule! Don’t sweat, a summer maintenance schedule may feel like a big project, but by breaking it down into smaller steps you can have everything done pretty quickly and get back to enjoying some fun in the sun. And don’t forget, there are always great home maintenance tips waiting for you over at Monte Hewett Homes’ website!
So, where should we start? The easiest thing to do would be to break your tasks down to two categories, “exterior work” and “interior work.” Let’s take a look at some things we can do in each category to really show that summer maintenance schedule who’s boss!
The summer heat can get pretty intense, so if you can, it might be best to tackle exterior maintenance tasks in the early morning or late afternoon/early evening, to avoid the direct heat of the sun and stay as cool as possible. Remember, always stay hydrated when working outdoors!
Don’t Lose Water From Your Sprinklers…
According to Roswell’s Sprinkler Repair Tech, about 80% of summertime water usage in Georgia comes from irrigation. And a lot of that water can be wasted if your sprinkler system isn’t properly tuned. Leaky sprinklers waste water and can run up your bill!
Watch for Unruly Shrubs!
Be sure to prune and trim back any shrubs and trees which may be growing too close to your home, power lines or other places they might not be wanted.
Vent Your Frustration!
Check out the dryer vents outside your home. It’s a good idea to keep these clean. Monte-Hewett Homes recommends using a long, flexible brush to keep these vents clean. Consumer reports also recommends regular cleaning of dryer vents to prevent fire.
Alright, so you’ve inspected the outside of your home, now it is time to complete our summer maintenance schedule by doing some tasks inside your home. And hey– you can do these inside, in an air-conditioned environment!
Speaking of Air Conditioning…
Be sure to replace your air conditioning filter! A clean air filter keeps dust, pollen and other contaminants from circulating and according to Colair, changing filters regularly can increase the life of your HVAC system. We mentioned this in our Spring Maintenance Schedule as well, but it’s important to change your air filters frequently!
Hot and Cold
Now would be a great time to check your thermostat and see if it needs new batteries. They usually need to be replaced once a year, so setting this up as part of your summer maintenance schedule will ensure that you have fresh batteries in your thermostat every year. If you’re unfamiliar with how to change thermostat batteries, sites such as eHow have tutorials and you can often download the original manual to your thermostat at manufacturer’s sites like Honeywell.
So, there you go! A few ideas to start your summer maintenance schedule! Don’t forget to visit Monte-Hewitt Homes’ main website for a complete maintenance checklist.