3 Home Maintenance Tips For Honolulu Summers06/07/2016Darren Wong During the summer, your biggest concern should be about cooking enough food for your summer party, and not how to fix a rotted deck or a busted appliance. Preventing problems before they happen is the key to summer home maintenance in Honolulu. When you inspect and fix small problems, you can prevent larger, more expensive projects in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that will keep you on top of your home’s maintenance before bigger problems start. 1. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Summer is a great time in Honolulu to increase your home’s energy efficiency in order to keep your home cool and lower your energy bills. The first thing you should do is inspect your doors and windows for leaks that let air through. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace old weatherstripping if you feel air leaking through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or leaks and replace the cracked sections. Using energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters can help you reduce your utility bill - and perhaps even get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters reduce air transfer through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds which are found in many homes. 2. Spruce Up Your Patios And Porches If you want to entertain on your porch or patio this summer, check that it’s in the best shape for guests. First, check your patio or deck for safety. See if there are any stairs, supports, or boards that need to be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Then seal or stain your patio and deck to give it a fresh look and protect it from the bright summer sun and rain. Once you’ve fixed any damaged boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your doors and windows next to your deck and porch more beautiful by using window treatments like plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors or sidelight shutters. Then bring in your favorite patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape around your porch or patio to bring nature into the space. 3. Maintain Large Appliances Broken or leaky appliances can put a damper on your summer plans. Here’s a list of things to check for with your major appliances to help them run smoothly: ● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder than it needs to and raise your electric bill. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Start by unplugging 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. Check your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then give it a deep clean and deodorize it by running a cycle with a cup of vinegar. The last step is to empty and clean the filter (which is underneath the spray arms in most dishwashers) with soap and water. ● Washer and dryer. Check your washing machine hoses for any leaks, cracks, or bulges. If necessary, replace the hoses. Once a year, you should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent or have a professional do the job. Have An Enjoyable Summer By keeping on top of your home and appliances, you’ll be able to have a pleasant summer. If you’re interested in giving your house a fresh look this year with window treatments for your patios, dining rooms, or living rooms, check out our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 808-797-2004. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Honolulu and do all the work and installation so you can relax and have a pleasant summer.