3 Home Maintenance Tips For Orlando Summers06/07/2016Todd Hansen In summer, your biggest care should be about cooking enough food for your summer party, and not how to deal with high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Orlando is prevention. By inspecting and resolving small issues, you can guard against bigger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain on top of your home’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in Orlando to work on your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep the heat out and your utility bills low. Start by inspecting your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace brittle weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace it if needed. Installing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to lower your energy bill - and perhaps even get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower the transfer of air through your window’s glass. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Enhance Your Porches And Patios If you want to throw parties on your patio or porch during the summer, make sure it’s prepared for your guests. Start by checking your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need replacing because they’re rotting or broken. Then seal or stain your deck and patio to make it look like new again and guard it against the bright summer sun and rain. After you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your doors and windows next to your patio and deck more interesting by using window treatments like plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in new patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape the area around your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a damper on your fun summer plans. Here’s a few things to do to maintain your major appliances and help them run smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can increase your electric bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Start 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. Check your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. The last step is to clean out 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 cracks, leaks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. Once a year, you should clean 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 have a carefree summer. If you want to give your house a beautiful look this year with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 407-630-7011. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Orlando and do all the measuring and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.