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9 Fool-Proof Summer Maintenance Tips


As summer heats up, it’s prime time to ensure your home is well-prepared for the season’s challenges. With temperatures soaring, now’s the moment to tackle essential maintenance tasks to keep your home cool, comfortable and functional.


From outdoor upkeep to indoor systems, our guide has you covered with practical tips to ensure your home is ready to beat the heat and make the most of the summer months ahead.


Indoor Maintenance:


Service HVAC System (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) 

With the rising temperature of summer, your HVAC system becomes a vital component in keeping your home cool and comfortable. Schedule a professional inspection and servicing of your HVAC system to ensure it’s in optimal condition. A certified technician can clean the filters, check for any leaks or blockages in the ductwork, and ensure that all components are functioning efficiently. This proactive approach not only helps maintain a comfortable indoor environment but also extends the lifespan of your HVAC system and reduces energy costs.


Inspect indoor hoses 

Indoor hoses connected to appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators are prone to wear and tear, which can lead to leaks and water damage if left unchecked. Regularly inspect these hoses for signs of deterioration, including cracks, bulges, or leaks. Pay close attention to the areas where the hoses connect to the appliances and the water supply lines. If you notice any issues, promptly replace the hoses to prevent potential water damage to your home. Additionally, consider installing stainless steel braided hoses, which are more durable and less prone to failure than traditional rubber hoses.


Reverse ceiling fans 

 Ceiling fans are a cost-effective way to improve airflow and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature during the summer months. To maximize their cooling efficiency, take the time to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. During the warmer months, set the fans to rotate counterclockwise. This creates a downward airflow, which produces a wind-chill effect that helps cool the room. Most ceiling fans have a switch located on the motor housing that allows you to easily change the direction of the blades. By reversing the ceiling fan direction, you can enhance air circulation, reduce reliance on air conditioning, and save on energy costs while staying cool and comfortable indoors.


Outdoor Maintenance:


Clean windows and screens

Regularly cleaning windows and screens is essential for maintaining a bright and airy atmosphere in your home during the summer. Gather supplies like warm, soapy water, a squeegee, and a window cleaning solution. Start by removing debris from frames and sills, then scrub the glass in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and dry to prevent streaks. Don't forget to clean window screens too, either by scrubbing with soapy water or using a vacuum with a brush attachment. This simple maintenance task not only enhances your home's appearance but also promotes natural light and airflow indoors.


Inspect and clean gutters 

 Gutters and downspouts play a crucial role in directing rainwater away from your home's foundation, but they can easily become clogged with debris, particularly in the summer. To prevent water damage and microbial growth, it's vital to inspect and clean them regularly. Use a ladder to access the gutters, checking for damage like sagging or rust spots. Remove debris with a gutter scoop or garden trowel, ensuring proper disposal. Flush the system with a hose to clear remaining dirt and debris and check for leaks or loose attachments. By maintaining clean, functional gutters, you'll safeguard your home from water damage and extend its lifespan.


Check roof and exterior 

 Inspecting your home's roof and exterior is vital to safeguarding it from damage caused by winter weather. Check for missing shingles, cracked flashing, or signs of water infiltration. Examine the exterior for cracks and gaps, especially around windows and doors. Promptly repair any issues to prevent further damage and maintain your home's integrity and curb appeal.


Clean and maintain outdoors spaces 

Regular maintenance of your outdoor spaces is crucial for creating inviting areas for relaxation and entertainment during the summer. Start by clearing debris like leaves and branches and trimming overgrown vegetation. Focus on areas where plants encroach on structures or where pests hide. Add mulch to flower beds to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Inspect outdoor furniture and accessories for damage and repair or replace as necessary. By staying on top of outdoor maintenance, you'll ensure your spaces are welcoming for outdoor gatherings and enjoyable throughout the summer.


Pest control 

 Keep pests at bay by sealing cracks and gaps around windows and doors, removing standing water, and using insect repellents indoors and outdoors. Regularly clean areas where pests are likely to hide, such as kitchens and bathrooms, to maintain a pest-free home during the summer months.


Install/Use HardieFlex™ NexGen® fiber cement boards 

 Consider incorporating HardieFlex™ NexGen® fiber cement board into various areas of your home, both indoors and outdoors, for added durability and protection. Engineered to endure, HardieFlex™ NexGen® cement board is fire-resistant and resistant to damage from moisture and termites, common challenges faced during the summer months. Whether used for exterior cladding, interior walls, or other applications, HardieFlex™ NexGen® fiber cement board provides a reliable solution to enhance the resilience of your home against seasonal threats.


Ready to enjoy a summer of comfort and peace of mind?


By proactively addressing summer home maintenance tasks, you can ensure that your home remains comfortable, safe, and resilient throughout the season. From cleaning windows and gutters to inspecting HVAC systems and installing HardieFlex™ NexGen® cement board, taking these steps will not only enhance the appearance and functionality of your home but also provide peace of mind knowing that it's well-prepared to withstand the challenges of the summer months. So, roll up your sleeves, tackle these maintenance tasks, and enjoy a worry-free summer in your well-maintained home.