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Summer Of Love: Home Maintenance Tips

Remember the lazy days of summer? We don’t either! But with a few easy summer home maintenance tips, you can show your home some extra love.  From air conditioning to watering the foundation, we’ve got the scoop on keeping your home in great shape all summer long.

Keep Your Cool: Air Conditioner Maintenance

Air conditioner maintenance may not be at the top of your list of summer fun, but a few simple actions will ensure you’ll stay cool as the temps hit triple digits. To maintain humidity levels in your home, you’ll want to run your AC consistently –ACThermostat even when you’re at work or out having fun. Don’t let the temperature fluctuate more than 10 degrees – most will find 70 to 80 degrees to be the ideal zone. But never come home to a warm house when you can program the AC to start a bit earlier than your arrival time for the perfect comfort zone. You can also help out your AC system by closing blinds and drapes to keep the sun’s heat out during the day.

Here are more air conditioner maintenance tips:

  • Remember to change your filter every 30 or 180 days, depending on filter type.
  • Pour a 50-50 bleach and water mixture in the condensate line every six months, or as needed to keep it from becoming clogged.
  • Leave the serious air conditioner maintenance work to the professionals. Purchase a maintenance agreement from your HVAC contractor who can perform semi-annual checks and cleaning.

Watering Guidelines for Foundation and Yard

WateringWater restrictions in Texas are a reality, but they don’t have to limit the way you take care of your home this summer. Start your landscaping maintenance by checking your sprinkler system to make sure your grass and plants are getting the water they need. Inspect sprinkler heads for any damage and test sprinkler zones to ensure no sprinkler heads are broken – preventing the 3 a.m. gusher shooting water out into the street or against your bedroom window. Check in with your municipality to determine when you’re allowed to water, and whether soaker hoses and hand watering can be done anytime.

In the Texas heat, watering your foundation with a soaker hose is a must. This will keep the soil moist, helping to prevent your home from settling. Make sure your soaker hose is around 18 inches from the foundation. It’s also a good idea to water around fence posts, with soaker hoses or by hand watering, to keep the soil moist; otherwise, fence posts may start to lean. When you’re out doing yard maintenance or playing with the kids, take a look at the entry to your home. If the front of your house gets lots of sun exposure, you’ll want to reseal the front door with paint or sealer. Check with your local paint store to determine the best one. And another summer landscaping maintenance tip: don’t transplant flowers or shrubs in the heat of the summer months. If there’s a garden space you’d like to fill, now’s the time to plant summer flowers. Check with your local nursery for the best plants and flowers for your area, or check out this link to Texas Superstar Plants.

Home Maintenance: It’s All in the Details

Click for a printable list of our top summer home maintenance tips!

Click for a printable list of our top summer home maintenance tips!

Details, details. Minor home maintenance tasks make a big difference in keeping your home beautiful, plus, they won’t take much time away from your summer fun. Remember these summer home maintenance tips to give your house some deserved attention this season:

  • Touch up caulking in kitchens and bathrooms – running the heat during the colder-than-usual winter may have caused seals to shrink or crack.
  • Fix sticking doors that have expanded due to humidity – just apply a little elbow grease and sandpaper. Repaint the sanded area to protect it against moisture.
  • Touch-up paint on joints or walls that cracked in winter.
  • Check to see if the weather stripping and thresholds on exterior doors need adjusting to help keep out the heat.