3 Home Maintenance Tips For Summer In Hartford, CT06/07/2016Holly Perron During the summer, your biggest worry should be about having enough food for your deck party, and not how to handle expensive utility bills, a rotted deck, or a broken appliance. Prevention is the key to summer home maintenance in Hartford. By inspecting and fixing small problems you find, you can guard against larger, more expensive problems in the future. Here’s 3 home maintenance tips for summer that help you stay on top of your home’s maintenance before bigger problems happen.1. Increase Your Home’s Energy EfficiencySummer is a great time in Hartford to make your home more energy efficient in order to keep the heat out and your utility bills low. The first thing you should do is inspect your windows and doors for air leaks. Add weatherstripping to doors or replace broken weatherstripping if you feel air passing through. Inspect your windows’ caulking for any cracks or missing pieces and replace it as needed.Purchasing energy efficient window treatments like plantation shutters is another way you can lower your energy bill - and perhaps even get a tax credit. Polywood® faux wood plantation shutters minimize the transfer of air through the glass in your windows. They’re 70% more energy efficient than traditional wooden shutters and 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.2. Brighten Up Your Decks And Patios If you’re planning on entertaining on your patio or porch during the summer, ensure it’s in the best shape for guests. Begin by checking your deck or patio for safety. Look around to see if there are any boards, supports, or steps that need to be replaced because they’re broken or rotting. Give your deck and patio a fresh look and shield it from the summer sun and rain by sealing or staining it.After you’ve replaced any damaged boards and areas and sealed your patio, it’s time for the fun part: dressing it up. Make your doors and windows adjacent to your porch and patio more interesting by installing window treatments such as sidelight shutters or plantation shutters for your sliding door or french doors. Then make your porch or patio a haven by bringing in your favorite patio furniture or perhaps even a fire pit. Finally, landscape around your porch or patio to bring in color.3. Maintain Large AppliancesAppliances that are broken or leak can put a stop to your summer activities. Here’s some things to check for with your major appliances to keep them humming along:● Refrigerator. Clogged refrigerator coils make your fridge work harder and increase your utility bill. It’s easy to unclog them by vacuuming them. Begin by unplugging your refrigerator and then use your vacuum’s crevice tool (or a coil cleaning brush attachment) to vacuum out the coils.● Dishwasher. Inspect your dishwasher for any backed up water or leaks. Then deodorize it and give it a deep clean by adding a cup of vinegar to a cycle. You’ll also want to clean out the filter (which is 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 necessary, replace the hoses. You should clear out your dryer hose and exterior vent annually or pay a professional to do the job.Enjoy Your SummerBy preventing large problems with your home and appliances, you can enjoy a carefree summer. If you’re interested in giving your home a fresh look this year with window treatments for your patios, kitchens, or bedrooms, look through our idea gallery and then contact us for a free in-home consultation at 860-266-5459. We’ll show you samples of all your window treatment options in Hartford and do all the work and installation so you can just relax and enjoy your summer.