Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Chalkboard drawing - check list concept When it comes to buying and owning a home, most people only think about the immense financial responsibility. While paying the mortgage is definitely a huge aspect of being a homeowner, keep in mind that home ownership requires your time and labor. Just as the engine of a car needs regular oil changes to remain in good shape, your home needs regular maintenance to prevent future problems. If your home needs some work, check out this summer home maintenance checklist.

Check the Detectors

The risk of fire tends to go up during the summer months due to the heat. While there are plenty of things you can do to fireproof your home, you should still check the detectors just in case. In the event a fire starts indoors, your fire detector could possibly save the lives of you and your loved ones. Not only that, but the fire detector may allow you to call the fire department while the fire is still small, keeping damage costs low. Be sure to check the smoke and the carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Both should be working properly for the safety of you and your loved ones.

Inspect Your Air Conditioner

Without a doubt, the summertime is the busiest season for your air conditioner. Some homeowners keep the air conditioner on 24/7 throughout the summer season. To ensure your air conditioner unit works when you need it the most, you should inspect it during the summer. You may need to have a contractor inspect the air conditioner to ensure there are no issues. Replace the air filters in your air conditioner unit every month. Some homeowners use their ceiling fans to save money on energy bills. If you plan on using your ceiling fans, clean them with a damp rag. You may need to use a ceiling-fan duster if your ceilings are high and the blades of the fan are hard to reach.

Add Mulch to Your Yard

Summers in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin tend to be dry because the sun evaporates all of the water. Unfortunately, this can be bad for your lawn and your plants. Even worse, there are often limits when it comes to how often homeowners can water their lawn during the summer. If you want to help the ground retain as much water as possible after  rain or watering your lawn, you should add mulch to your yard. Not only will the mulch help the ground retain water, but it will also beautify your home and boost its curb appeal.

Install an Outdoors Clothesline

If you want to save money on your energy bills, you should consider installing a clothesline outdoors. During the summer, you will be able to dry your clothes on the clothesline rather than the dryer. Due to increased use of your air conditioner unit, your energy bills are probably high enough. The sun will dry your clothes just as well as a dryer will and most people love the smell of air-dried clothes and sheets. The summer is a great time to get caught up when it comes to home maintenance. For more information about summer home maintenance, don't hesitate to contact the Leaders in Disaster Restoration.
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