3 Home Maintenance Tips For San Antonio Summers06/07/2016Antonio Meza In summertime, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to fix a rotted deck or a broken appliance. Preventing problems before they happen is the key to summer home maintenance in San Antonio. When you inspect and fix little issues you see, you can guard against larger, more expensive projects down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay on top of your house’s maintenance before bigger problems occur. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in San Antonio to increase your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep your home cool and lower your utility bills. Start by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace brittle weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it if needed. You can also lower your utility bill by installing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower the transfer of air 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. Brighten Up Your Decks And Patios If you want to throw parties on your patio or deck during the summer, check that it’s in the best shape for guests. Start by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that need to be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to give it a new look and shield it from the summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced or repaired any soft boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your windows and doors adjacent to your porch and patio more beautiful by using window treatments such as plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in stylish patio furniture or a fire pit. Landscape around your patio or porch to bring in color. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your fun summer activities. Here’s a few things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and raise your energy 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 and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize and deep clean it by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. Finally, clean out the filter (which is 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 necessary, replace the hoses. You should clear out 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 relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a beautiful look this summer with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 210-876-0377. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in San Antonio and do all the measuring and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.