3 Home Maintenance Tips For St. George Summers06/07/2016Kasey Udy In summertime, your biggest worry should be about having enough food for your barbecue, and not how to handle high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a busted appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in St. George is prevention. By inspecting and fixing little issues you find, you can guard against bigger, more expensive projects going forward. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that will keep you in control of your house’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is one of the best times in St. George to work on your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep the heat out and lower your utility bills. Begin by inspecting your doors and windows for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it as needed. Putting up energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way you can lower your energy bill - and perhaps even get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which are found in many homes. 2. Enhance Your Decks And Patios If you’re planning on hosting parties on your patio or porch this summer, make sure it’s ready for guests. First, inspect your patio or deck for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need replacing because they’re rotting or broken. Then stain or seal your deck and patio to give it a new look and protect it from the summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Add interest to the windows and doors attached to your patio and porch by using window treatments such as plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in new patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Landscape around your porch or patio to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a stop to your fun summer plans. Here’s a list of things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can increase your utility bill by making your fridge work harder. 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 remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then give it a deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. Finally, empty and clean 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. If necessary, replace the hoses. You should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Have A Fun Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you can have a pleasant summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a beautiful look this season with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 435-485-9332. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in St. George and do all the work and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.