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Your Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a season known for its sunny days and outdoor fun, but ensuring that your home is adequately prepared is equally crucial. Taking a few proactive steps can help maintain a relaxed and comfortable indoor environment while ensuring your outdoor spaces are adequately equipped for entertaining and relaxation during the warmer months.

Indoor summer maintenance

For the indoors:

  • Adjust the fans

When the weather gets warm, adjusting your ceiling fan blades to spin anticlockwise can make a big difference. This simple trick creates a cool atmosphere that can make you feel more comfortable by lowering the temperature by up to 4 degrees.

  • Window refresh

Start by giving them a thorough cleaning inside and out to let more sunshine into your home. While at it, check your window screens for any tears or holes that could let bugs in. Repairing or replacing damaged screens will help keep your home bug-free.

  • Seal the gaps

Seal up gaps around your windows and doors to keep your home cool and your energy bills low. If your windows have holes or gaps, your air conditioner will have to work extra hard, which means you'll spend more money on energy. 

To prevent this, use weather stripping or caulking to fill any openings. This will keep your home comfortable and save energy throughout the summer.

  • Check the air filters

Make sure to regularly change your air conditioning filter, ideally every 90 days. If you have allergies, it's a good idea to switch it out monthly. A clean filter helps your AC work better and keeps the air in your home fresher.

  • Dehumidify

If you live in a place with high humidity, consider getting a dehumidifier. It helps remove extra moisture from the air, making your home feel cooler and preventing mold from growing.

  • Lighten up

When summer comes, switch your heavy winter curtains for lighter ones. Light fabrics let cool breezes in and allow more natural light into your home.

Outdoor summer maintenance

For the outdoors: 

  • Clean the gutters

Keep your gutters clean to prevent rainwater overflow, which can cause damage to your roof and foundation. Regular maintenance of your gutters ensures proper drainage and protects your home from potential water damage.

  • Inspect the patio

Before you start enjoying your outdoor space, take a close look at your deck. Check for any loose boards, splinters, or signs of rot that could pose a safety hazard. Addressing any issues promptly will help ensure your deck remains a safe and enjoyable area for relaxation and entertainment.

  • Trim your lawn

You should mow your lawn often and trim any bushes that have gotten too tall. This keeps your yard tidy, helps air flow freely, and prevents bugs from causing trouble.

Garage maintenance

In your garage, take the following steps:

  • Dispose of and hide hazardous tools and materials to prevent accidents with children.

  • Clean the garage floor of mechanical fluids and other grease that could cause slips and falls.

  • Avoid storing combustible items inside the garage.

Get your home ready for summer

Ultimately, your home is your most significant investment, and it's essential to secure it effectively from structural damage. As you prepare to bask in the summer's warmth and enjoy the season to the fullest, don't forget to protect your home and its contents with the right homeowners insurance. Get a quote today. 



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