3 Home Maintenance Tips For Colorado Springs Summers06/07/2016Gary Harding In summertime, your biggest care should be about how many guests are coming to your deck party, and not how to handle sky high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Colorado Springs is prevention. By inspecting and resolving little issues you discover, you can avoid bigger, more expensive projects going forward. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you remain on top of your home’s maintenance before big problems happen. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Colorado Springs to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep the heat out and lower your energy bills. Begin by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace it if needed. You can also lower your utility bill by installing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Brighten Up Your Patios And Porches If you want to host parties on your patio or deck this summer, check that it’s prepared for all your guests. Start by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that should be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to make it look like new again and protect it from the relentless summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. Add interest to the windows and doors attached to your porch and patio by adding window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then add your favorite patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the edges of your patio or porch to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can put a damper on your summer activities. Here’s a list of things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your electric bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Unplug 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. Check your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deodorize and deep clean it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. Finally, clean out the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any bulges, cracks, or leaks. Replace the hoses if needed. You should clean out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Have A Fun Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can have a pleasant summer. And if you want to give your house a fresh look this season with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 303-625-6431. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Colorado Springs and do all the work and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.