3 Home Maintenance Tips For Boise Summers06/07/2016Spencer Madsen In summer, your biggest concern should be about having enough food for your deck party, and not how to deal with expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Boise. By inspecting and resolving small problems you discover, you can prevent larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay in control of your house’s maintenance before bigger problems occur. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is a great time in Boise to work on your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. Begin by checking your doors and windows for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Check your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your energy bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower 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. Brighten Up Your Patios And Decks If you want to barbecue on your porch or patio this summer, check that it’s prepared for your guests. Start by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. Look around to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that need to be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Give your patio and deck a new look and protect it from the summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. After you’ve replaced any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your porch and patio more interesting by using window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in stylish patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Landscape the area around your patio or porch to cheer up the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can disrupt your fun summer plans. Here’s a few things to do to maintain your major appliances and 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. Begin by unplugging your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize 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. Check your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Have A Fun Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can enjoy a relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a beautiful look this year with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 208-609-9129. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Boise and do all the work and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.