3 Home Maintenance Tips For Destin Summers06/07/2016Eric Ramsey In summer, your biggest care should be about having enough food for your barbecue, and not how to deal with expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Destin is prevention. When you inspect and fix little issues you find, you can prevent bigger, more expensive problems going forward. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain on top of your home’s maintenance before big problems start. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is a great time in Destin to work on your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep your home cool and your utility bills low. The first thing you should do is inspect your windows and doors for air leaks. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your energy bill by purchasing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize air transfer through your window’s glass. 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 Decks And Patios If you want to throw parties on your porch or patio this summer, check that it’s in tip-top shape for your guests. Begin by checking 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 deck and patio a new look and shield it from the relentless summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. After you’ve replaced any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your deck and porch more interesting by installing 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 the edges of your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that break down can put a damper on your summer activities. Here’s some things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than necessary and increase your electric bill. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Unplug your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking 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 leaks, cracks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent or pay a professional to do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a relaxing summer. If you want to give your house a beautiful look this year with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, look through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 850-203-0419. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Destin and do all the measuring and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.