It’s that time of year again! We are definitely in the middle of summer based on recent record setting temperature days. We thought it would be relevant to share with you our top 5 summer home maintenance tips to save you money!
Make sure that you are changing the filter on your heating and air conditioning unit at least every 30-60 days. (More info here)
Foundation and Lawn Care
Water the foundation, especially when we have multiple days like we have had recently that are over 100 degrees! (More info here) Be sure to water, weed, mow your lawn and trim your shrubs. Not only will this make your property look nice, but it will help avoid damage to siding and make sure your lawn stays healthy.
Hazardous materials such as paint and solvents should be disposed of properly. Don’t store heat-sensitive or combustible materials in the garage, as the temperature will be rising throughout the season. Inspect the floor for grease spots from leaking car fluids, and have your car serviced promptly if you find any. (More info here)
Inspect and Clear Your Dryer Vent
According to a 2007 report by the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 12,700 clothes dryer fires occur annually in residential buildings – resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries. To avoid being another statistic, use a vent-cleaning brush to regularly clean your vent, the lint trap and the hose leading outside. Also remember to inspect the vent from the outside to ensure both ends are free from any blockages. Birds and other insects often will make this hole in your house their home. (More info here)
Run Your AC on Auto and Increase the base thermostat temperature. Setting your thermostat to 70 degrees is unrealistic because your HVAC most likely cannot cool your home to that temperature when it is 105 degrees outside. This will also help you save on your energy bill!