Get your home ready for summer with this indoor and outdoor to-do list that’ll have your house, garden and air-conditioner in tip-top shape.
The beginning of summer means vacations, outdoor parties and lots of fun activities. It’s also the perfect time to get some important things done around your house – especially since the hottest months of the year will be here soon. Take a look at our home maintenance checklist for June, and get ready for an amazing summer.
Replace your HVAC filter. The more your air conditioning and heating unit runs, the more crucial it becomes to replace those filters. So obviously, during peak times of use, monthly filter replacement is vital for efficient performance. And if you haven’t had your unit serviced regularly, make sure to schedule an appointment with us now, before it becomes an emergency situation.
Test your smoke detector. While we hope you are changing your smoke detector batteries regularly, now is a good time to make sure they’re working properly. In fact, a quick monthly “test” of all your detectors is a good habit to get into.
Clean your dryer vents. Double check the opening of the dryer vent pipe outside, making sure it is free of any birds’ nests, bushes or other debris that may accumulate over time. Clean the lint trap regularly, and replace any transition ducts as needed.
Check washing machine lines. If you have any old or deteriorated washing machine lines, replace them. A good rule of thumb is if they are five years old, it’s probably time to get new ones.
Clean gutters. Cleaning gutters isn’t just for fall! Spring and summer storms can scatter debris across your roof, causing clogged drains. Also, make sure you check your property regularly (including your outdoor HVAC unit), to check for wind or storm damage and additional debris.
Check for weeds. Stay ahead of those weeds by regularly clearing them out of your garden, flower beds, sidewalks and driveways. Watch for signs of insects while you’re at it, and treat them in a timely manner.
Water responsibly. Make sure any irrigation systems are timed to water early in the morning or after sunset, and ensure you’re not wasting water on sidewalks, driveways and other areas that don’t need it.
Maintain your vehicle. If you’re planning on driving your car long distances, be sure to have your car serviced one week prior. This should include an oil change (if you haven’t done so already), and checking your tire treads, windshield wipers and vital fluids.
Get grill-ready. Before you fire up that grill, give it a thorough cleaning and check all the fittings, hoses and connections. Also, be sure your grill is positioned far enough away from your home or other flammable structures or surfaces.
What’s on your list?
We hope this list will help get you ready for summer, but we also know that there are plenty of other things to do to get ready for summer. Do you have any to add? Please let us know what’s on your to-do. And make sure to have your HVAC system scheduled for regular maintenance as soon as possible so you can get out and enjoy the season – stress-free!