Summer may be well underway, but it’s never too late to tune up your home for the season. We’ve outlined a small but crucial checklist to ensure that before you get caught up in the swing of things, a few well needed tasks get taken care.
1. Tune up the air conditioner
A very important piece of equipment during the blistering summer heat is your air conditioning unit. Before the season begins, investigate to see what parts are in working condition and what will require replacements. It is especially important to make sure the vent, filters, fans and coils are clean and there is no faulty wiring. For those with central air systems, the best option is professional maintenance.
2. Check the ventilation
Routinely checking your home windows will also help with the temperature regulation in your home. Caulk any openings found in both the outside and inside sealants and also double check each window-stripping to ensure there are no breaks.
3. Conduct thorough safety checks before using the pool
Give yourself at least a week before you open up the pool for swimming. While cleaning and levelling the pool are usually given the higher priority, remember to also check the pumps and filters as a lot of these parts have not been in use since last year. Don’t forget to give the chemicals at least one week to balance out to avoid unnecessary sickness.
4. Pressure wash exterior walls
After months of being exposed to months of harsh weather- snow then spring showers- your exterior walls will need some serious TLC. Prevent the further build up of mildew and dirt by pressuring wash the walls. This is especially handy before you apply that new paint color.
5. Inspect your deck
Investigate your deck boards, beams and posts for rotting and check to see if resealing the wood is required. A simple way to do this is to check the wood absorption capacity. Also check for any loose or corroded nails which will require replacements.
6. Replace and clean old garden equipment
Thoroughly drain any gas left in the tank of your lawn mower since last fall. This can be done by purchasing a siphon pump or by running the mower until the tank dries. Don’t forget to lubricate the necessary parts and replace the spark plug when they start to show wear and tear.
A few simple tasks around the outside of your home each year will ensure a smooth transition to summer and will greatly enhance the beauty of your home. We hope your summer is one to remember!
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