3 Home Maintenance Tips For Charlotte Summers06/07/2016Neil Blackwelder During the summer, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to deal with sky high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a busted appliance. Preventing problems before they happen is the key to summer home maintenance in Charlotte. When you inspect and fix small issues, you can prevent bigger, more expensive problems going forward. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that will keep you on top of your house’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is a great time in Charlotte to make your home more energy efficient in order to keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. Start by checking your doors and windows for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace brittle weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace the broken sections. You can also lower your utility bill by purchasing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce air transfer through 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 Patios And Decks If you’re planning on entertaining on your porch or patio this summer, check that it’s prepared for guests. Start by inspecting your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that should be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to make it look like new again and guard it against the relentless summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. You can add interest to the windows and doors next to your patio and porch by installing window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then make your porch or patio a haven by bringing in new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape the area around your porch or patio to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can disrupt your summer activities. Here’s a few things to watch out for with your major appliances to help them run smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and increase your utility bill. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Begin by unplugging your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. The last step is to clean out the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most models) 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 clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or pay 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 relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a new look this summer with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 980-292-3933. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Charlotte and do all the work and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.