3 Home Maintenance Tips For Detroit Summers06/07/2016Steve Hill In summer, your biggest worry should be about cooking enough food for your barbecue, and not how to fix a rotted deck or a busted appliance. Preventing problems before they happen is the key to summer home maintenance in Detroit. When you inspect and fix small issues, you can guard against larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that keep you in control of your home’s maintenance before bigger problems occur. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is a great time in Detroit to increase your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. Start by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace old weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your utility bill by installing an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer 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 are found in many homes. 2. Brighten Up Your Patios And Decks If you want to host parties on your patio or porch this summer, check that it’s in tip-top shape for guests. Start by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. See if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need to be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and guard it against the hot summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. After you’ve replaced or repaired any damaged 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 sliding door or french doors. Then enhance your porch and patio with stylish patio furniture or a fire pit. The last step is to landscape the edges of your porch or patio to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can disrupt your fun summer plans. Here’s a few things to check for with your major appliances to keep them running 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 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 leaks or backed up water. Then deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. Finally, clean out the filter (located under 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 clean 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’ll be able to have a pleasant summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a beautiful look this summer with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, check out our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 248-429-9294. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Detroit and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.