Blog Stories Shop Talk Vol. 4: Summer Home Maintenance Projects You Should Prioritize

Shop Talk Vol. 4: Summer Home Maintenance Projects You Should Prioritize

By Aryne + Dulcinea, July 16, 2018

Portland’s recent heatwave has residents withering, but summer isn’t completely brutal. In fact, the season is particularly beneficial for home owners, who can use the long days and dry conditions to complete their to-do list of summer home maintenance projects.

Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Summer is the ideal time of year to finally get around to painting the exterior of your home. Warm days and limited temperature fluctuation ensure the paint dries consistently, helping to avoid frustrating issues such as peeling and cracking. Painting your homes exterior will help to improve resistance to tumultuous winter weather. Additionally, a fresh coat of paint will increase the curb appeal and market value of your home!

Top Off Your Mulch

A simple task with a big payoff, mulching is another project sure to boost your home’s curb appeal and value. Adding a new layer of mulch helps to prevent growth of invasive plants while retaining moisture in the soil. These conditions are great for your plants and will allow them to flourish all summer long!

Clean Off Your Screens

Seasons of heavy rain and pollen can take a toll on your windows and screens. Be sure to prioritize their cleanup during the summer months, as clean screens help to promote the quality of your home’s air. To rejuvenate your screens, remove them from the window pane and scrub them using soapy water and a sponge. While your screens airdry, take a fresh bucket of soapy water or a bottle of glass cleaner to your window exteriors.

Reverse the Direction of Your Fan

Your ceiling fans should change direction in accordance with the season. In warm months, be sure your fan is set to a counter-clockwise rotation. This creates a cooling sensation as air gets pushed in a downward motion. In winter months, a clockwise rotation will help to redistribute warm air around the room.

Replace Your Air Filter

If you’re relying on an air conditioning system to beat the heat, be sure to change your air filter throughout the summer. Some HVAC experts even recommend changing the filter once a month during peak seasons. Ensuring a clear air filter will reduce buildup and decrease the likelihood of debris causing damage to your system.

These summer home maintenance projects will work to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the seasons to come. For projects that require some external help, let Aryne + Dulcinea connect you with one of their local home repair experts!

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