Even though spring has just sprung, home owners need to start thinking about summer. Besides planning for vacations, family outings to the pool, and cook-outs, the long, hot days of this period of the year require more maintenance than normal. If the house isn’t tuned-up now, it can lead to greater expenses during the time you want to relax and enjoy the sun on your face. Here are a few things to do to make your summer as carefree as possible.
Air Conditioner Tune-Up
AC units don’t fail during cooler, direr days – they break down during the hottest and most humid weeks of the year. Avoid this by getting an air conditioner tune-up over the next few weeks, even if it means paying out service fees. If you avoid this preventive maintenance until it’s too late, the result can be higher costs, and not only for the units that increase in price during warmer months. If you live in an area with high summer humidity or precipitation, being without an air conditioner for an extended period of time can result in the growth of mold in basements and other areas of the house. Removal of this mold can lead to additional expenses and, potentially, and extended time away.
By the way, while getting the AC tuned-up, make sure to replace its air filter.Keeping a dirty filter results in low efficiency for the unit, making you lower the thermostat’s temperature and, in turn, raising the electric bill. In addition, a dirty filter can cause coils in the AC unit to freeze up, meaning additional maintenance, further downtime, and a sweltering home.
Clean the Air Vents
Cleaning the air vents around your house maximize the power of an AC unit, lengthen its life cycle, and keep the electric bill low. If vents remain dirty, the AC works harder to produce a suitable air flow, resulting in the need to keep the house at a lower temperature to maintain its coolness during the hottest days. Though floor vents and outputs can be cleaned by the homeowner with a vacuum, a professional service should be utilized to clean and maintain the vent trunks.
Service In-Ground Sprinklers
If you pride the lush green of your manicured front lawn, you want to get your in-ground sprinklers checked out now instead of when the summer sun is turning it into a field of hay. Having a service blow out the sprinkler heads helps determine if any need to be replaced. This is also the time any interconnecting hoses should be checked for leaks that can result in excess usage, thus translating into higher water bills.
Clean the Gutters
If you didn’t do so in the fall, there’s a very good chance your gutters are full of wet, dead leaves. If you live in an area that receives a good deal of rain in the summer, especially during thunderstorms, leaving these leaves in the gutters can lead to detrimental water damage on both the inside and outside of the home. In addition, gutters overtaxed by the weight of the leaves and accumulating water can break free of their supports, causing greater expenses to replace them and repair any damage that may occur. As the weather warms up, grab a ladder and clean as much of the muck as you can out of these areas. To avoid the hassle during the upcoming fall, consider purchasing gutter guards.