Ah, summer is here. The temperatures are soaring, the rain is pounding, and the sun is blazing. It’s important that you take the time to maintain your home this summer and to prepare it for the extreme heat that you could be facing. Especially in Florida, where not only are there severe storms and heat to deal with but the prospect of hurricanes. Take a look at our list of summer home maintenance tips to help you give your home some TLC.

Indoor summer home maintenance:

  1. Do a test of your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if needed.
  2. Get your cooling system ready.  Consider getting your air-conditioning system serviced. Proper air conditioner maintenance can help your AC last longer and prevent air conditioner fires. This one is especially important for summer home maintenance since you don’t want to be stuck without air conditioning when the temperature starts climbing.
  3. Dust the ceiling fan blades and check that the fan is balanced and working properly.  Attach a dryer sheet or Swiffer towel to a paint roller so you can reach easily and dust away.
  4. Clean or replace your shower heads and bathroom drains.
  5. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans.  If your fans spin counterclockwise, they’ll push the air straight down to your home will stay nice and cool. To do this, turn off the fan, wait for it to stop, and find the direction switch and check that your fans are spinning counterclockwise.
  6. Clean the baseboards of your home. Use a damp cloth and wipe away all the dust and grime.
  7. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct.  Clean out all the dust and lint trapped in the vent and exhaust duct. Call in a professional to clean and service your washer and dryer if needed. Clothes dryers can be a fire hazard if they’re not cleaned and maintained.
  8. Change the filter in the air conditioner.

 Outdoor summer home maintenance:

  1. Clean your grill to prep for summer barbecuing.

Charcoal grills: Empty the grill and wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush or sponge to clean both the outside and                     inside of the grill. Be sure to let your grill dry off before using it next.

Gas grills: Close the lid, turn the heat up high, and let the grill cook for about half an hour. Let the grill cool. Use a grill brush to sweep the grill. Wipe down                   the outside with a sponge and cleaner. Then clean out all the drip trays.

  1. Wash down your porch. You should sweep the porch thoroughly, then wash it with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.
  2. Give your deck a once-over. This is a summer home maintenance must.  Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they’re rotting. Have them replaced. Hammer any nails that are loose.  You can also check if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed against water.
  1. Wash the windows. Why not? Clean windows are nice. Use warm water and soap to get those windows sparkling.
  2. Wash or change your window screens.  Use hot soapy water and a brush to gently wash your window screens.
  3. Add a layer of mulch. If you have plants, the extra mulch will help fight off weeds and help your soil retain moisture during those scorching summer months.
  4. Check for outdoor leaks. Go on a hunt for leaks by checking all outdoor faucets. Then look at your hose. You can waste a lot of water if there’s even a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.

It’s important to properly maintain your roof to make sure that it can last as long as possible.

So, there you have it – some summer home maintenance tips. The above tips will help you clean up and take care of your home this summer. If you’ve got some time over the summer, tend to your home.

Preventive home maintenance can even help you save money on home insurance and home repairs. Grand Living Realty is always here to help the Flagler Beach area.