You’ll likely use more electricity during the summer months than at any time during the year. With the AC running nearly round the clock, you’ll want to do what you can to prep the house for these few months. Summer home maintenance tips do not take long and many you can do on your own. Just make sure to perform these tips before you’re in the thick of summertime, as waiting may open you up to potential AC problems when you need the unit the most.
Colorado Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Annual AC Inspection
Bring in an HVAC service provider and have your entire system inspected. This way, you’ll have any possible problems identified and corrected ahead of time. This both saves you money on monthly energy bills and help prevent the system from failing on you when you need it most.
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Check For Cracks in Window and Door Frames
Look for cracks around your windows and doors. Fill in these areas and consider replacing the weatherstripping if it looks like it’s deteriorated. Over time the weatherstripping will dry out and no longer maintain its quality seal. This allows your cooler air out the house, which in turn increases the amount of energy you use to cool it. It’s a simple and easy fix, so make sure to check the weatherstripping.
Test Your Detectors
Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure everything works properly. If you haven’t, change out the batteries on these systems annually. This way, you’ll know the equipment works and you won’t need to test the equipment (or change out the batteries) for another year.
Change Thermostat Battery
The battery inside the thermostat is often out of sight, out of mind. It doesn’t draw much power from the inserted battery, but when the AC fails on you many times it’s because the battery is dead. Changing out the battery is inexpensive and easy to do. It also helps prevent you waking up in the middle of the night from the extremely hot temperature caused by the AC not working.
Replace HVAC Filters
This should be done every two to three months. If you haven’t recently, now is the time to do it. When you own pets or smoke inside the house it’s a good idea to not only replace the filters every two months, but to invest in quality HEPA filters. These filters will remove more debris from the air, improving the air quality in the house while assisting in reducing energy consumption while the filters are clear.
Clean the Deck
If your home has a deck, now is the time to clean and prep it. Wash away any dirt and stains that may have formed over the course of the year. With the deck clean you’ll want to consider adding a new stain to it as well. This not only improves the color of the deck but (more importantly) it protects the wood from sunlight. This extends the life of the wood and prevents it from cracking and drying out. It doesn’t need to take long and can be a weekend project. While you’re at it, clean off the grill and anything else you might have on the deck to ready for summertime use.
Clear the Gutters
Debris tends to collect in house gutters between fall and winter, so summer is the perfect time to get on the roof (safely, of course!) and clear them out. You can also use this time to make minor repairs, reattach brackets and replace any damaged sections.
Examine Dryer Vent
Depending on the size of your household and dryer usage, doing a deep clean and exam of your clothes dryer vent should be done a minimum of once per year. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “over 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.”
Hot Tub Maintenance
Hot tubs are a popular luxury in Colorado. After a long day on the slopes there’s nothing that feels better than enveloping your body in warmth. Summer is the perfect time to keep your hot tub properly maintained for maximum enjoyment during the cold winter months. We recommend draining it and doing a deep clean. Then when refilling adjust the sanitizer levels to better reflect the low use of the season.
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Test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are required in many different locations throughout the home. GFCI’s are used anywhere within five feet of water – such as the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, but can also be used outside the home and in the garage. These types of outlets have their own built-in circuit breakers that can sense an electrical imbalance, or fault, and instantaneously shut off power at the outlet to prevent user shock or a short circuit but can trip without anyone’s knowledge.
One the face of the GFCI outlet you’ll notice there are two places to plug cords into the outlet and in between there are two small labeled buttons, simply press the one that says reset and you’ll hear a snap sound.
Clean the Garage
Keeping the garage clean and tidy will extend the life of everything stored there, especially if it’s a frequently used space. Multiple projects and activity can produce an abundance of dust and dirt that you’ll want to remediate.
By performing these different summer home maintenance tips you’ll improve the functionality of your AC while reducing your energy consumption at the same time. It does take a little bit of elbow grease on your part, but it’ll go a long way in improving your comfort level while saving you money — not just throughout the summer, but for the entire year.
About Front Range Electric
In a world of large companies and impersonal service, we’ve lost the connection to and commitment from local small business operators of days gone by. Ukrainian born Peter Buhkalo revives this personal service, bringing with him the drive and determination of the American Dream, and the promise to deliver to his customers in such a way that their dreams come true, as well. Electrical systems can be confusing, so Front Range Electric strives to be upfront with a clear, no-commission cost structure, a strong work ethic, and a personal touch – you’ll talk directly with Peter or co-owner Charlie Threadgill when you call. That’s making a true connection.