3 Home Maintenance Tips For Dallas Summers06/07/2016Collins Jones During the summer, your biggest worry should be about having enough food for your deck party, and not how to deal with sky high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Dallas is prevention. When you inspect and fix small problems, you can guard against bigger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain in control of your house’s maintenance before bigger problems occur. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is one of the best times in Dallas to make your home more energy efficient in order to keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. The first thing you should do is check your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace the cracked sections. Putting up energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to reduce your energy bill - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce the transfer of air through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Enhance Your Patios And Porches If you’re planning on barbecuing on your patio or deck this summer, ensure it’s prepared for 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 broken or rotting. Give your deck and patio a new look and shield it from the hot summer sun and rain by staining or sealing it. After you’ve replaced or repaired any damaged boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Add interest to the windows and doors next to your patio and porch by using window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then enhance your porch and patio with your favorite patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Landscape the area around your porch or patio to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s some things to check for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than necessary and increase your electric bill. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Begin by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect 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 cracks, leaks, or bulges. If necessary, replace the hoses. You should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or have a professional 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 house a beautiful look this season with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 214-301-5066. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Dallas and do all the measuring and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.