3 Home Maintenance Tips For Phoenix Summers06/07/2016Greg Arnett In summer, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to deal with high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Phoenix. By inspecting and resolving little issues, you can avoid larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay on top of your home’s maintenance before larger problems occur. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is a great time in Phoenix to work on your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. Begin by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace the cracked sections. Purchasing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way you can reduce your utility bill - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize air transfer through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which are found in many homes. 2. Brighten Up Your Porches And Patios If you want to throw parties on your porch or patio this summer, check that it’s in the best shape for guests. First, check your deck or patio for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need replacing because they’re broken and can’t bear weight. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to give it a new look and protect it from the summer sun and rain. After you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your windows and doors adjacent to your patio and deck more interesting by adding window treatments such as plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then add new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Landscape the edges of your porch or patio to cheer up the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can disrupt your summer activities. Here’s a list of things to check for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than necessary and raise your utility bill. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Begin 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 leaks or backed up water. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. You’ll also want to empty and clean the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. You should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a pleasant summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a fresh look this year with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 480-485-7743. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Phoenix and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.