3 Home Maintenance Tips For Tampa Summers06/07/2016Eric Ramsey In summer, your biggest care should be about cooking enough food for your barbecue, and not how to fix a rotted deck or a busted appliance. Preventing problems before they happen is the key to summer home maintenance in Tampa. By inspecting and fixing small problems you discover, you can avoid larger, more expensive problems in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you remain on top of your house’s maintenance before big problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in Tampa to work on your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep your home cool and your utility bills low. The first thing you should do is check your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace the cracked sections. You can also reduce your utility bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer through your window’s glass. 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. Spruce Up Your Porches And Patios If you want to entertain on your porch or patio this summer, ensure it’s prepared for guests. Start by inspecting your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need to be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to make it look like new again and shield it from the bright 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. You can add interest to the windows and doors next to your patio and porch by adding window treatments such as plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in your favorite patio furniture or a fire pit. Landscape the area around your porch or patio to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can put a stop to your summer plans. Here’s a few things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your utility bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to empty and clean the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. Once a year, you should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or hire a professional to do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By maintaining 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, living rooms, or kitchen, browse through our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 813-580-7288. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Tampa and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.