3 Home Maintenance Tips For San Jose Summers06/07/2016Curtis Orton During the summer, your biggest concern should be about how many guests are coming to your deck party, and not how to deal with high utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in San Jose. By inspecting and fixing small issues you find, you can prevent larger, more expensive projects down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay in control of your home’s maintenance before big problems start. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is a great time in San Jose to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep your home cool and your energy bills low. Start by inspecting your windows and doors for air leaks. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace the broken sections. Purchasing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to reduce your energy bill - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 2. Enhance Your Porches And Patios If you’re planning on throwing parties on your patio or deck this summer, check that it’s prepared for your guests. Start by checking your patio or deck for safety. Look around to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need to be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Give your deck and patio a new look and protect it from the summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it. Once you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. You can add interest to the windows and doors next to your porch and patio by installing window treatments such as sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then make your porch or patio a haven by bringing in stylish patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Landscape around your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a stop to your fun summer plans. Here’s some things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than necessary and raise your utility bill. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any leaks or backed up water. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. The last step is to clean out the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any bulges, cracks, or leaks. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent or pay a professional to do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By preventing large problems with your home and appliances, you can enjoy a pleasant summer. And if you want to give your house a fresh look this season with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, look through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 916-542-1305. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in San Jose and do all the work and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.