As the weather heats up, our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, backyard barbecues, and peaceful nights on the patio. Make sure your home is ready for the summer weather by completing these seven summer maintenance task.
Give the AC unit a tune-up.
Just as you would for your furnace in the winter, you'll want to have your air conditioning unit checked over by a professional before you really need it! Be sure to change your air filter as well.
Get ready for outdoor living.
Haul out your patio furniture from storage and clean and repair as necessary. Consider whether you need new cushions this year, and clean off your grill and your barbecue tools while you're at it.
Wash off the winter.
Dirt and mildew dull your home's exterior and can also contribute to deterioration of your siding. Pressure washing it will make it look fresh and inviting under the summer sun. Just be sure to cover plants to protect them from the jet stream, and take care with windows.
Give your windows some TLC.
Washing the windows inside and out will let in the sunshine and brighten your home after a long, dark winter. Inspect your window screens and wash, repair, and replace as needed.
Switch over your fans.
Your ceiling fans should be reversed so that they spin counterclockwise, forcing air straight down. Give them a good cleaning, too.
There's mulch to do.
Did you know too much sun is not good for your garden? Just like your skin, your summer garden needs protection from the sun. Spreading mulch around your plants helps to keep delicate roots cooler and retains water for hot, dry periods.
Check the deck.
Does it need resealing? Are there any nails sticking out or splintered spots that could hurt a person or pet?
Addressing the repairs and touch-ups and setting up your outdoor space before it's too warm to do anything but lounge about drinking sun tea will help ensure your summer is an enjoyable one!