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Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the warm weather and get some work done around the house. Help keep your home performing efficiently during the summer by adding these tasks to your home maintenance plan.

Check out these interior and exterior home maintenance tips to consider while the weather is warm.

Indoor Home Maintenance

Switch your ceiling fan blade direction to counterclockwise

Did you know that a ceiling fan’s performance is largely based on the direction the blades are spinning? This is because the direction of the blades determines how the air will be circulated within the space. In warmer weather, when you’re trying to cool down interior spaces, the blades should spin counterclockwise to help cool the air by providing a downdraft.

Just don’t forget to switch the blades back to clockwise once the weather gets colder. This will create an updraft to help circulate the warm air around the room. And while you are changing the blade direction, balance any wobbly blades by tightening loose screws and dust them if needed.

Clean refrigerator coils

The coils under the refrigerator have a tendency to accumulate dust and pet hair. Cleaning them can help your fridge run more economically.

Wash windows and check screens

A good cleaning of the inside of your windows and tracks can help remove any buildup from dust, cooking, smoke, candles and fireplaces. While cleaning the windows, look at the screens to see if repairs are needed. Also, clean any patio door tracks to help them open and close easier.

Check for air leaks around windows and doors

To help keep cold air in and hot air out, check your windows and doors for leaks. If you find any leaks, consider sealing them with weather stripping or caulking.

Outdoor Home Mainenance

Service your air conditioner

Regular maintenance can help ensure your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible during the summer.

Hose down your exterior air conditioner unit

Air conditioners tend to collect dirt and debris over time, which reduces their efficiency. Use a garden hose to spray the unit with water to remove buildup and help it run more efficiently. Also remove any nearby plants or weeds that could grow inside the unit.

Wash windows

Wash the outside of your windows with soapy lukewarm water to help remove any water spots or dust buildup. Then dry with a microfiber cloth. You may want to reserve window cleaning for a cooler day or after the sun sets if you notice window streaks. The hot air can quickly evaporate cleaning products leaving visible streaks behind.

Wash siding

While it might be tempting to use a pressure washer for your home’s exterior, a garden hose is recommended to avoid potentially damaging the outside of your home or having water get under the siding. Apply a coat of fresh paint if needed and repair any damaged vinyl or aluminum siding.

Look for signs of critters and bugs

Check garden plants, trees and shrubs for insect infestations. Termites can easily go undetected until considerable damage has been done. Look for telltale signs like flaking wood or mud buildup and tunneling systems in the exterior wood of your home. Professional pest control inspections are recommended if you have any suspicions of possible infestation. Check out these tips for other pests like moles, deer and how to keep birds away from your house.

Pressure washing

Spruce up the exterior of your home by pressure washing your sidewalks, porches and driveways. Fences and decks can also use a lower pressure cleaning.

Tidy up your landscaping

Here are some ideas:

Trim trees

Trees supply shady ambience and should be well cared for to avoid potential damage to your home. Keep their branches pruned and at a safe distance from power lines and your home to help prevent storm-related damage. Inspect trees for signs of decay, such as cracks or hollowed limbs. Arborists or tree care professionals can help with the cutting and removal of large or high limbs.

Check gutters and downspouts

Safely clear all debris from gutters and see that downspouts are still routed properly so water drains away from the house.

One more inside job………..

As the summer days roll in, there’s no better time to rejuvenate your home with spotless, fresh carpets, tile and area rugs. Trust First Serve Cleaning and Restoration to handle the heavy lifting, ensuring your carpets are deep cleaned and ready to withstand the busy season ahead. Our professional team uses top-of-the-line equipment and eco-friendly products to deliver unparalleled results, leaving your carpets looking and feeling brand new. Let us help you create a healthier, more inviting space for you and your loved ones to enjoy all summer long. Schedule your appointment with First Serve Cleaning and Restoration today, and check off that home maintenance line item!

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