Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Simple Summer To-Do List


We all have things we'd rather be doing this summer than taking care of home maintenance tasks but there are a few simple things you should be doing just to make sure your home is running smoothly.

Cooling Your Home
  • If you have central air-conditioning don't forget to change your furnace filter throughout the summer.  Your air-conditioning system uses the blower in your furnace and the same duct work as your heating system to distribute cool air throughout your home.
  • Periodically check your condensing unit (it is the big cube outside your home) to be sure there is nothing blocking the unit that will reduce air flow.   
  • Check that the insulation on the coolant line is in good shape. Also check to be sure the condensing unit is sitting on a pad that is level.   
All of these things will help your air conditioning system run at it's peak efficiency.
If you have an Evaporative (Swamp) Cooler find out how to maintain it here:

Drainage, Drainage, Drainage 
Take advantage of the afternoon rainstorms to walk around outside your home and check to see where all the water is going.   
  • Check your gutters to be sure they are not overflowing, that there are no leaks at the seams or water running down behind the gutters.
  • Check your downspouts to be sure that they are not clogged or damaged and that downspout extensions are in place to direct all water away from the foundation
  • Check the paths and soil around the foundation of your home to be sure no water is pooling at or running back towards your foundation.
Be sure to address any problems as quickly as possible, water can do a lot of damage to your home and drainage issues are the #1 problem I find on a typical home inspection, whether the house is 5 years old or 95 years old.   

Here are some links to more information you might find useful:

At Workshop for Women we offer fun hands-on classes in basic home maintenance and improvement skills for women. If you are interested in learning more about how to maintain your home, and live in the Metro Denver area, consider registering for our class, "The Morning After Closing - Basic Home Maintenance".

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