As temperatures rise and the days grow longer, many of us start thinking about all the things we want to do around the house before summer is over. Before you can fire up the grill, there’s some maintenance that needs to be done first. Tackling these tasks now can help you avoid big problems later – and enjoy your home all season long.
Here are a few home maintenance tips to get you started:
Start by checking for any damage that may have occurred over the winter months to make any repairs that are needed. This can include cracks in concrete, loose tiles, or damage to decking or fencing. You should also inspect your roof and gutters to make sure they are in good condition. If your gutters are clogged, they can cause water to back up and damage your roof as well as leak into your home.
Then give everything a good cleaning. This means sweeping and washing down all surfaces, including decks, patios, furniture, and grills. Once everything is clean, it’s time to inspect your equipment. Make sure that grills and smokers are in good working order, and that all pool and spa equipment is properly functioning.
Another important area of your home to check is the irrigation system. Inspect all components of your system, including sprinkler heads, valves, connectors, and backflow preventers to identify any signs of leaks, cracks, or breaks. Then check your irrigation controller to ensure it is programmed correctly. Look for any areas that may need adjustment, such as the amount of water, the frequency of watering, or the time of day, and check your city’s watering schedule to make sure your sprinklers are current. Austin, Round Rock, and Georgetown are just a few cities that offer irrigation rebates to help homeowners improve water efficiency.
The most critical home maintenance tip, especially for Texas summers, is to have your air conditioning unit serviced yearly and check the air filter. An inefficient air conditioner will not only make your home uncomfortably warm, but it will also drive up your energy bills. Make sure to keep the area around your AC unit clear of items such as shrubs, plants, or debris so that it continues to run efficiently. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider replacing it with a newer, more energy-efficient model.
Along with the AC, checking your home’s HVAC system is another step. It is crucial to change your air filters regularly. Some systems require the filters to be changed every few months. A dirty air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to, leading to higher energy bills and potential repair issues. If you plan to change the air filters yourself, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Some filters can be washed and reused, while others need to be replaced. Additionally, you should clean your vents and registers on a regular basis. This will help ensure that air can flow freely through your home. Having your HVAC system serviced by a professional at least once a year will also help to catch any potential problems before they become major issues.
Taking a little time to perform these simple maintenance and inspection tasks will allow you to relax and enjoy your home this summer without any worries.