3 Home Maintenance Tips For Jacksonville Summers06/07/2016Kevin McCormack In summer, your biggest care should be about cooking enough food for your deck party, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Jacksonville is prevention. When you inspect and fix little issues you find, you can prevent bigger, more expensive problems in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay on top of your house’s maintenance before bigger problems happen. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is one of the best times in Jacksonville to increase your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep the heat out and lower your energy bills. Begin by checking your doors and windows for air leaks. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your utility bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Spruce Up Your Patios And Decks If you’re planning on barbecuing on your porch or patio this summer, make sure it’s prepared for your guests. Start by checking your deck or patio for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that should be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Then seal or stain your deck and patio to give it a new look and guard it against the relentless summer sun and rain. After you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. Add interest to the windows and doors attached to your porch and patio by installing window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. 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 put a stop to your fun summer plans. Here’s a few things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can increase your utility bill by making your fridge work harder. 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 remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. The last step is to empty and clean the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out 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 can enjoy a carefree summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a new look this year with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, look through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 904-289-1663. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Jacksonville and do all the measuring and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.