3 Home Maintenance Tips For Austin Summers06/07/2016Tyler Jorgensen During the summer, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Austin. When you inspect and fix little issues, you can avoid larger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay in control of your home’s maintenance before big problems happen. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Austin to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep the heat out and your energy bills low. Begin by inspecting your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your utility bill by installing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower 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. 2. Enhance Your Patios And Decks If you want to barbecue on your patio or porch this summer, make sure it’s in tip-top shape for guests. Start by checking your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath 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 deck and patio to make it look like new again and shield it from the relentless summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Add interest to the windows and doors attached to your patio and porch by adding window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors. Then enhance your porch and patio with new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the edges of your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can disrupt your fun summer plans. Here’s a list of things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and increase your electric bill. 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 vacuum out and unclog 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 empty and clean the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. You should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Have A Fun Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a relaxing summer. And if you want to give your home a beautiful look this year with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, check out our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 512-549-6077. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Austin and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.