3 Home Maintenance Tips For Philadelphia Summers06/07/2016Holly Perron In summer, your biggest concern should be about cooking enough food for your barbecue, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Philadelphia is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small problems, you can prevent larger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that keep you in control of your home’s maintenance before larger problems start. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is one of the best times in Philadelphia to make your home more energy efficient in order to keep the heat out 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 potentially qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Brighten Up Your Porches And Patios If you want to barbecue on your patio or deck this summer, check that it’s in the best shape for guests. Begin by checking your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need to be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to make it look like new again and shield it from the hot summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any damaged boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your deck and porch more interesting by using window treatments such as sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then enhance your porch and patio with new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Landscape around your porch or patio to bring in color. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can disrupt your fun summer activities. Here’s a few things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and raise your utility bill. It’s easy to clean and 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 the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize it by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. The last step is to empty and clean 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 leaks, cracks, 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. Enjoy Your Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can enjoy a carefree summer. If you want to give your house a beautiful look this year with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 215-874-4897. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Philadelphia and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.