Smart homeowners know that home maintenance is something that needs to be done on a regular basis. Many homeowners will establish a monthly schedule of chores so that nothing is forgotten. Doing home maintenance on a monthly basis also means that these tasks can be spaced out over the whole year rather than all at once, saving you a lot of backbreaking work. However, summer home maintenance is inevitable. Families spend more time outdoors, and the landscaping may need more attention than in the cooler months of the year.
Here is a list of the home maintenance projects you can tackle this month to make sure your home is ready for summertime entertainment and fun.
Maintenance Chore #1: Air Conditioner Cleaning
Now that summer is here, it’s time to check your air conditioning system. Routine maintenance helps your system run more efficiently, saving you money in utility costs and repair expenses.
Before tackling this chore, turn off the system and its fans for safety. First, vacuum any vents or return ducts to make sure they are free of dust, spider webs, and debris. Next, replace the filter. Most A/C systems have a pull-out filter, typically located at the air return or the air handling unit. Check the coils (if visible) under the filter and gently clean them with a vacuum or brush if debris is present. Don’t forget to turn the A/C back on when you’re done!
Maintenance Chore #2: Clean Your Ceiling Fans
Many homes rely on ceiling fans to help circulate air inside the home. These fans keep the air cooler inside and help to improve the efficiency of air conditioning systems. Those fans sure can attract dust, however, and the fan blades need routine cleaning.
If you have an extension wand for your vacuum, it’s a snap to vacuum excess dirt and dust from the blades. Otherwise, you can use a paint roller wrapped with a dryer sheet for a DIY blade cleaner. If dust is extra thick, you may need to wipe each blade with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to turn off the fan before cleaning!
Maintenance Chore #3: Clean the Grill
Nothing says summer like a backyard barbecue. If you didn’t clean your grill at the end of last summer, it’s time to do it now before summer entertainment season begins. Accumulated grease and grime inside the grill can ruin a meal. Spiderwebs, leaves, and debris can also gather inside the grill, especially if you don’t use a grill cover. Clean grill grates and heating elements reduce flare-ups, making your grilled meals even better than before.
Brush the grates with a wire brush to remove baked-on grease. If you don’t have a brush, you can use a wadded-up piece of aluminum foil for a fast (and disposable) scrubber. If accumulated grease and grime is heavy, you may need to use a cleaner, such as an oven cleaner, specialty grill cleaners, or even household vinegar and water.
Now that your chores are done, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Kick off the summer season with an outdoor party!
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