Top 8 Home Maintenance Tips for Summer
1. Air conditioning
One area that is often overlooked in a household is the air conditioning unit. If it’s not broken don't fix it right? Well, that's not always the case. An air conditioner that is not regularly maintained can not only cost you more to run, but will eventually break down and cost you more in the long run.
Check filters monthly: Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder increasing energy costs and possibly damaging your equipment. Check them monthly and replace as needed, or at least every 3 months.
Check for algae: Air conditioners draw moisture from interior air called condensate, which must run outside. If sediment and algae clog the drains, water may back up making your home more humid or creating water damage. An aircon tradie can clean them out which can cost up to $100 dollars. You may however clean them yourself using a wet vacuum hooked up to your drain. Don't be surprised to find gobs of algae in the process!
2. Painting of exterior
The job most of us dread… Painting! Taking into consideration the treatment our bodies get from the sun, it's worth thinking of our homes and the necessary protection they require to go on providing shelter for us all year round. Contrary to popular believe, painting can be fun and very rewarding. Regular maintenance of all painted surfaces which are exposed to the elements, in our opinion, need more attention and repainting than internal paintwork. Leaving this job on the long finger may result in larger repair bills. Nowadays, paint and colour matching is easy. Simply take a sample piece of damaged paint work (approximately 30mm square) to your local hardware store and watch in amazement as the computer gives the closest or exact match!
Keeping your garden hydrated via rainwater collection, if possible, will ensure your garden looks great during the warmer months.
4. Prepare your lawn for the heat
This will ensure it is in the best health and condition prior to the onset of the heat, as well as to avoid any sudden shock to the lawn. For a comprehensive list of how to look after your lawn, check out the Lawn Guide’s site
With more insects during summer it's worth bombing problem areas in your home to keep the critters at bay. Spray your home with insect repellent and invest in a high frequency plug-in adaptor.
6. Wheelie bin clean out
With the roll out of household wheelie bins how often do you clean yours? Using a pressure washer, spray away a year’s build-up of slime and garbage. By doing so you will reduce smells and unwanted pests in your wheelie bin.
7. Decking maintenance
Washing and sealing a wood deck is critical to keeping it both safe and usable. Once wood becomes rotten, water damaged or splintered, your deck is not only unattractive but dangerous. If neglected further the structure of the deck can become compromised to the point where it is hazardous. Your deck should be sealed every two years with a high quality penetrating oil sealer. Avoid sealers with acrylics or wax. Also avoid unmodified linseed oil that most manufacturers use. Linseed oil is food for mildew, which grows in the sealer as it feeds on the oil.
8. Pool maintenance
Depending on your lifestyle, it's probably been a good six months since your pool has been used for swimming. Start at least a week prior to swim season to ensure that the water and your new bathing suit are safe from chemical harm. Get it ready for summer by:
- Cleaning it up
- Levelling the water
- Ensuring that your pumps are working
- Balancing your chemicals
(image source: OFTB.com.au)
All seems too much? Relax in the hammock and have the HY’s Maintenance team do it all for you. That’s what life’s about hey!
Enjoy your summer.
John Ellis, HY's Foreman
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