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8 Home Maintenance Tasks to Help You Keep Your Cool This Summer

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Summertime in many parts of the country, including Texas, is synonymous with blazing heat, vibrant outdoor activities, and unfortunately, increased strain on our homes. The intense sun and high temperatures can take a toll on your property, making it crucial to stay on top of maintenance. Here are eight essential home maintenance tasks to keep your home in top shape this summer.

1. Air Conditioning System Check

Don’t get surprised by an AC on the fritz! To ensure it runs efficiently throughout the summer, schedule a professional maintenance check. This includes cleaning or replacing air filters, inspecting the coils and fins, and checking the refrigerant levels. An efficient AC system not only keeps your home cool but also helps in saving on energy bills.

2. Inspect and Clean Gutters

Summertime often brings sudden storms that can quickly fill your gutters with debris. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, mold growth, and even foundation problems. Regularly inspect and clean your gutters to ensure they are free of leaves, twigs, and other debris. Consider installing gutter guards to reduce the frequency of cleanings and protect your home from water damage. Make sure all downspouts are directing water away from the foundation using splash blocks or extensions. 

3. Roof Inspection

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, and the intense summer sun can cause significant wear and tear – especially if your roof has been pummeled by springtime storms. Conduct a thorough roof inspection to look for missing or damaged shingles, signs of leaks, and general wear. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, hire a professional roofer. Addressing small issues early can prevent costly repairs down the road.

4. Seal Windows and Doors

Sealing your windows and doors is crucial to maintain energy efficiency in your home. Check for any gaps or cracks that could let cool air escape and hot air enter. Use weatherstripping or caulking to seal these gaps. Properly sealed windows and doors help keep your home cool and reduce the load on your A/C system, saving you money on energy bills. Also, look for weak spots in your exterior walls’ insulation – if your interior outlet and switch plates get hot during the day, it’s not so different from having sizeable holes in your walls that could benefit from properly installed insulation.

5. Lawn and Garden Care

Texas summers can be brutal on your lawn and garden. Ensure your irrigation system is functioning correctly to keep your plants healthy. Water your lawn early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation – morning is best to minimize fungus growth. Depending on temperature trends, allow your lawn to go dormant when appropriate – the dog days of summer are not the time to push your lawn with fertilizer and extra water (which saves money as well). Additionally, consider using mulch around your plants to retain moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering.

6. Exterior Paint Touch-Up

The harsh summer sun can cause exterior paint to fade, crack, or peel. Inspect your home’s exterior for any signs of damage and touch up the paint as needed. This not only enhances your home’s curb appeal but also provides a protective barrier against the elements. Choose high-quality, UV-resistant paint for longer-lasting results.

7. Check and Clean Your Deck

If you have a deck, summertime is likely when it sees the most use and unfortunately also when it receives the most punishment due to the hot summer days. Inspect your deck for any loose or damaged boards and replace them as necessary. Clean the deck thoroughly to remove dirt, mold, or mildew, which can make the wood slippery and unsafe. If needed, apply a fresh coat of sealant or stain to protect the wood from the intense summer sun and occasional rain.

8. Protect Your Foundation

If you notice the soil pulling away from your foundation in certain areas, you may need to deploy drip hoses in targeted areas to protect your foundation from excess movement, which can cause sticky doors, cracked windows and walls, and serious plumbing issues. Place drip hoses no closer than 8-12 inches away from the foundation to encourage soil expansion while avoiding the pooling of water near the foundation. If you notice water pooling near your foundation after a strong rain, you may need to add some topsoil to the problem areas and adjust the grading so that water runs away from the home.

Bonus Tips for a Comfortable Summer

Install Sun Shades or Awnings: Adding sun shades or awnings to your windows can significantly reduce the amount of heat entering your home, keeping it cooler and reducing the load on your air conditioning system.

Service Your Pool: If you have a pool, ensure it is properly maintained. Check the water levels, pH balance, and clean the filters. Regular maintenance keeps your pool safe and enjoyable throughout the summer.

Maintaining your home during the intense heat of summer might seem daunting, but these tasks are crucial for ensuring your home stays comfortable and in good condition. Regular maintenance not only prevents costly repairs but also enhances your home’s efficiency and value. By taking the time to address these essential tasks, you can enjoy a worry-free summer in your home.