3 Home Maintenance Tips For Boston Summers06/07/2016Holly Perron During the summer, your biggest worry should be about how many guests are coming to your barbecue, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a broken appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Boston is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small problems, you can guard against bigger, more expensive problems in the future. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain on top of your house’s maintenance before big problems occur. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is one of the best times in Boston to increase 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 old weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace the broken sections. You can also lower your utility bill by installing 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 your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Enhance Your Patios And Porches If you want to entertain on your porch or patio this summer, make sure it’s prepared for your guests. First, inspect your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that need to be replaced because they’re broken and can’t bear weight. Then stain or seal your deck and patio to give it a new look and protect it from the relentless summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced or repaired any soft 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 porch and patio by using window treatments such as plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then enhance your porch and patio with stylish patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. The last step is to landscape the edges of your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a stop to your summer activities. Here’s some things to do to maintain your major appliances and help them run smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your electric bill since your fridge needs to work harder. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (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 give it a deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to 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 cracks, leaks, or bulges. If necessary, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean out 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 carefree summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a new look this summer with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, browse through our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 781-352-2205. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Boston and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.