3 Home Maintenance Tips For Salt Lake City Summers06/07/2016Matt Thelander During the summer, your biggest care should be about having enough food for your summer party, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Salt Lake City. By inspecting and resolving small issues you see, you can guard against bigger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that keep you on top of your house’s maintenance before big problems start. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is a great time in Salt Lake City to make your home more energy efficient so that you can 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 old weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace it as needed. You can also reduce your utility bill by purchasing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Enhance Your Patios And Decks If you want to barbecue on your porch or patio during the summer, make sure it’s ready for guests. First, check your patio or deck for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need to be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Then seal or stain your patio and deck to give it a fresh look and shield it from the bright summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any broken boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your windows and doors adjacent to your patio and deck more beautiful by using window treatments like sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then add stylish patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the area around your porch or patio to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a stop to your fun summer plans. Here’s some things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than it needs to and raise your electric bill. It’s easy to 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. Check 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. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (located under the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you can have a carefree summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a new 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 801-515-3598. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Salt Lake City and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.