Key Home Maintenance Checks to Perform Before Summer
Winter isn’t always the happiest time of year, but it allows you to look forward to the spring and summer. While the weather’s cold, you can start thinking about the things you need to do around the house once things start to heat up. When you haven’t used lots of things for perhaps six months or more, it’s important that you make sure everything is in working order for the summer. In particular, you’ll want your air conditioning to be working and your barbecue clean and shiny. You might also need to do some maintenance checks and tasks on the appliances you’ve been using over the winter. Now that you’re putting them away until the weather turns cold again, you want to make sure they stay in good health until you’re ready to use them again.
Detectors for heat, smoke and carbon monoxide aren’t related to the seasons, but it’s a good idea to check them with every change of season regardless. Go around the house and test any detectors or alarms that you have to ensure they’re in working order. Replace any batteries or make repairs if anything is broken.
Inspect Your Air Conditioner
As the weather gets warmer, you’ll be grateful for your air conditioners to keep you cool. It’s best to check them before it gets too hot, or you could be waiting for repairs in blistering heat. If you haven’t already installed any air conditioning units, now is the time to do so. Before starting up your unit, remove and clean the filters before replacing them. You could use a professional service to check your central air conditioning, instead of doing it yourself. If anything doesn’t appear to be working, call an Austin AC repair service to help you out. You should clean any ceiling fans and other fans with a damp rag, or dusted with a duster.
Set Up a Clothesline
If the weather is dry, you can take advantage of it and set up a clothesline outside. You’ll save money and energy by not using your clothes dryer. Plus, there’s something nice about your clothes drying in the breeze. You can set up a free-standing line in your yard or string a line across your outdoor space.
Prepare Grills and Outdoor Cookers
One of the great joys of summer is cooking and eating outside. To make sure you’re ready for a barbecue or summer dinner party, clean out your outdoor cooker. Clean a gas grill by turning the heat up high and letting it cook with the lid closed for half an hour. After it’s cooled, brush it down with a grill brush. Don’t forget to wipe down the exterior and clean the drip pans. You need to empty charcoal grills and wipe them out before you clean them with hot water a dishwashing soap.
Don’t forget to spruce up your outdoor areas too, so it’s pleasant to sit out and eat. Check that your deck is in good condition and that your outdoor furniture will live to see out the summer.
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