3 Home Maintenance Tips For Oklahoma City Summers06/07/2016Tyler Jorgensen In summertime, your biggest worry should be about having enough food for your barbecue, and not how to handle expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a busted appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Oklahoma City is prevention. By inspecting and resolving small issues you see, you can avoid bigger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain in control of your house’s maintenance before big problems start. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Oklahoma City to make your home more energy efficient in order to keep your home cool and your energy bills low. Start by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace old weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace it if needed. You can also reduce your energy bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which many homes currently use. 2. Enhance Your Porches And Patios If you want to entertain on your patio or deck during the summer, ensure it’s in tip-top shape for all your guests. First, check your patio or deck for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need replacing because they’re soft and rotted. Then stain or seal your deck and patio to give it a fresh look and shield it from the bright summer sun and rain. Once you’ve replaced or repaired any broken boards and areas and sealed your patio, you’re ready for the fun part - making it shine. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your porch and patio more interesting by installing window treatments such as sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors. Then bring in your favorite patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the area around your patio or porch to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a damper on your fun summer activities. Here’s a few things to check for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can increase your electric bill by making your fridge work harder. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Begin 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 backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize and deep clean it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. If necessary, replace the hoses. You should clean out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or pay a professional to do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can enjoy a carefree summer. If you want to give your home a beautiful look this season with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, look through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 405-300-4664. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Oklahoma City and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.