Every season brings new chores, and, now that summer is here, there are tasks we need to get done to keep our homes in tip-top shape. From updating smoke detectors, to planning watering schedules, we're here to help make sure your home is ready for fall.
Detectors. Your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be working properly this summer, if not, call an expert to get them appropriately installed.
Air conditioners. In case you haven't, inspect the status of your fans and air conditioner since this is the season in which you will be using them the most. Remember to remove and clean the filters before utilizing the AC, if you have central air-conditioning our recommendation is to bring in an expert to inspect the utilities, and if you have ceiling fans, clean them with a damp rag.
Say no to the dryer. Take advantage of the sunny weather and air dry your clothes with the help of an outdoor clothesline to save money and energy.
Clean the grill. For gas grills, turn the heat up to high with the lid closed and cook for 30 minutes. After cooled, brush it off, clean the grill's drip pans and clean the exterior with a damp sponge. For charcoal grills, empty completely the grill and with a wipe remove all ash residue, secondly, clean it inside out with hot water, dishwasher soap, and a sponge.
Check the porch. Make sure your porch is clean with an all-purpose cleaner, use a brush if it has built-in dirt.
Inspect the deck. Wooden decks can be rotten so a replacement might be needed, also you can hammer any misplaced nails. Check if it needs sealing, to do so, sprinkle water on the boards, and if water soaks in, its time to reseal your deck and have it ready for the rest of the summer.
Windows. Check if the windows' exterior needs to get cleaned since your curtains will be opened more often.
Check for leaks. Your home's exterior faucets might have leaks which can lead to water waste. If you have this issue, wind regular electrical tape around the hose and overlap layers.
Plan a watering schedule. Water your yard a couple of days per week to save money, instead of watering daily, by doing this your lawn will get trained to endure dry days. As a result, your garden will promote the growth of large and strong roots, and you won't have pampered plants that are allergic to tap water.
Prune your garden. Maintain a pruned and tidy garden during the summer, also do not forget to mow the lawn every two weeks or so, to maintain a patio where friends and family can spend time while social distancing of course.