3 Home Maintenance Tips For Minneapolis Summers06/07/2016George Christ During the summer, your biggest concern should be about having enough food for your deck party, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Minneapolis is prevention. When you inspect and fix little issues, you can guard against bigger, more expensive projects going forward. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay in control of your house’s maintenance before big problems occur. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is a great time in Minneapolis to work on your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep your home cool and your utility bills low. The first thing you should do is check your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace the cracked sections. You can also reduce your utility bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and perhaps even qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower air transfer through your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which are found in many homes. 2. Enhance Your Patios And Porches If you’re planning on throwing parties on your patio or deck during the summer, ensure it’s in tip-top shape for all your guests. Begin by inspecting your deck or patio for safety. Look around to see if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that need to be replaced because they’re soft and rotted. Then stain or seal your patio and deck to give it a fresh look and shield it from the bright summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and stained your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your doors and windows attached to your patio and deck more interesting by installing window treatments such as plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in new patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape the area around your porch or patio to cheer up the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s a list of things to check for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can increase your energy bill by making your fridge work harder. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. Finally, empty and clean the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any bulges, cracks, or leaks. If necessary, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean out your dryer hose and exterior vent or pay a professional to do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By maintaining your home and appliances, you can enjoy a relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a new look this summer with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, browse through our idea gallery and then give us a ring for a free in-home consultation at 952-856-8130. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Minneapolis and do all the measuring, work, and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.