3 Home Maintenance Tips For Southern California Summers06/07/2016Kimball Jones In summertime, your biggest concern should be about cooking enough food for your deck party, and not how to handle high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Southern California is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small issues, you can prevent bigger, more expensive projects going forward. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that keep you in control of your home’s maintenance before larger problems occur. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is a great time in Southern California to work on your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep the heat out and your utility bills low. Start by checking your windows and doors for air leaks. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace it if needed. Putting up energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way you can reduce your energy bill - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Brighten Up Your Decks And Patios If you’re planning on barbecuing on your porch or patio during the summer, check that it’s ready for all your guests. First, check your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that should be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Then stain or seal your deck and patio to make it look like new again and guard it against the summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your windows and doors adjacent to your deck and porch more beautiful 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 your favorite patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape around your patio or porch to bring in color. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s a list of things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than necessary and raise your utility bill. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Unplug your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check 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. Finally, empty and clean the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any bulges, cracks, or leaks. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can have a relaxing summer. If you want to give your home a fresh look this season with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 888-611-2474. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Southern California and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.