3 Home Maintenance Tips For Indianapolis Summers06/07/2016Bill Burke In summer, your biggest care should be about having enough food for your deck party, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a busted appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Indianapolis is prevention. By inspecting and fixing small issues, you can guard against larger, more expensive problems down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you stay in control of your house’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is the perfect time in Indianapolis to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep the heat out and your utility bills low. Start by checking your windows and doors for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace cracked weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Check your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace the cracked sections. You can also lower your utility bill by using an energy efficient window treatment like plantation shutters - and potentially qualify for a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce the transfer of air through your window’s glass. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which are found in many homes. 2. Brighten Up Your Porches And Patios If you want to host parties on your patio or porch during the summer, ensure it’s in tip-top shape for all your guests. Start by checking your deck or patio for safety. Look underneath to see if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that should be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Then seal or stain your patio and deck to give it a new look and shield it from the bright summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any soft boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Add interest to the windows and doors attached to your porch and patio by using window treatments like plantation shutters for your french door or sliding doors or sidelight shutters. Then make your porch or patio a haven by bringing in stylish patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Finally, landscape around your patio or porch to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Appliances that are broken or leak can put a damper on your fun summer plans. Here’s a list of things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them humming along: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than it needs to and increase your electric bill. It’s easy to vacuum them out. Start by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to remove all the lint and dirt from the coils. ● Dishwasher. Check your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then give it a deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If needed, 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 A Fun Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a relaxing summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a fresh look this summer with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, browse through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 317-558-9066. We’ll walk you through all your window treatment options in Indianapolis and do all the work and installation so you can sit back and enjoy your summer.