3 Home Maintenance Tips For Nashville Summers06/07/2016Stefano Diotaiuti In summer, your biggest care should be about cooking enough food for your barbecue, and not how to handle expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a leaky appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Nashville. When you inspect and fix small issues you find, you can prevent bigger, more expensive problems going forward. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay in control of your home’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Nashville to work on your home’s energy efficiency so that you can keep your home cool and lower your utility bills. Begin by inspecting your doors and windows 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 as needed. 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 minimize the transfer of air through the glass in 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’re planning on barbecuing on your porch or patio this summer, ensure it’s prepared for your guests. Begin by checking your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need to be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Give your patio and deck a fresh look and shield it from the hot summer sun and rain by staining or sealing it. After you’ve replaced any broken boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. You can add interest to the windows and doors attached to your patio and porch by installing window treatments like plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Landscape the area around your patio or porch to bring in color. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a damper on your summer activities. Here’s a few things to do to maintain your major appliances and keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your electric bill by making your fridge work harder. 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 vacuum out the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize and deep clean it by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. You’ll also want to empty and clean the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. Replace the hoses if needed. You should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or hire a professional to do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you can have a relaxing summer. And if you want to give your house a new look this season with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 615-236-8530. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Nashville and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.