3 Home Maintenance Tips For Las Vegas Summers06/07/2016Darik Neilson In summer, your biggest concern should be about having enough food for your summer party, and not how to repair a rotted deck or a leaky appliance. The key to summer home maintenance in Las Vegas is prevention. When you inspect and fix small issues you discover, you can prevent bigger, more expensive projects down the line. Here’s 3 summer home maintenance tips that help you remain on top of your house’s maintenance before larger problems happen. 1. Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Summer is the perfect time in Las Vegas to make your home more energy efficient so that you can keep your home cool and your utility bills low. The first thing you should do is check your doors and windows for leaks that let air in. Put weatherstripping on doors or replace brittle weatherstripping if you feel air coming through. Check your windows’ caulking for any missing pieces or cracks and replace the broken sections. Installing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way to lower your energy bill - and potentially get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters lower 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. 2. Spruce Up Your Porches And Patios If you’re planning on throwing parties on your patio or porch during the summer, ensure it’s in the best shape for guests. Start by checking your deck or patio for safety. See if there are any supports, boards, or stairs that should be replaced because they’re rotting or broken. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and guard it against the hot summer sun and rain by staining or sealing it. After you’ve fixed any broken boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time to make it shine. Make your doors and windows attached to your porch and patio more beautiful by installing window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in your favorite patio furniture or maybe even a fire pit. Landscape the edges of your patio or porch to make it more colorful. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s a few things to watch out for with your major appliances to keep them running smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils can raise your energy bill by making your fridge work harder. It’s easy to clean and vacuum them out. Unplug your refrigerator and then use the crevice tool on your vacuum (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out and unclog the coils. ● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any lines that are leaking or backed up water. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. You’ll also want to empty and clean the filter (located underneath the spray arms in most models) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Inspect your washing machine hoses for any cracks, leaks, or bulges. If needed, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clean your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Enjoy Your Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you can enjoy a pleasant summer. And if you want to give your home a fresh look this year with window treatments for your patios, living rooms, or kitchen, check out our idea gallery and then call us for a free in-home consultation at 702-850-6619. We’ll show you all your window treatment options in Las Vegas and do all the measuring and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.