Keep Summer Energy Costs Down: Save Money and Protect Your Home From Damage With Our Summer Maintenance and Prevention Checklist
Warmer weather and longer days are perfect for spending outside with your family. They can also lead to higher energy costs. Use our simple summer maintenance and prevention checklist to keep summer energy costs down. Plus, you’ll keep your family safe and prevent damage to your home at the same time.
Save Money While Using Your Air Conditioner
Have your central air unit serviced by a professional at least once per year to keep it running efficiently. For window AC units, make sure you clean or replace the filter at least once per year. With proper maintenance, you’ll limit how much you spend on cooling your home.
You can also save money by not running your air while you’re out of the house. Adjust your thermostat or installing a programmable one will also help lower cooling costs. Set it a few degrees higher before you leave, then lower it when you return.
More Ways to Keep Summer Energy Costs Down
- Adjust Ceiling Fan Settings – An easy way to keep energy downs low is to use ceiling fans on days that aren’t too hot. By adjusting the settings on ceiling fans to blow counterclockwise, you’ll create a cool breeze.
- Close Vents and Doors – There is no need to cool rooms you aren’t using. Lower utility costs by closing doors and vents in rooms you use less frequently. This works whether you’re using fans or the AC too.
- Clean Refrigerator Coils – Give the coils on the back of your fridge a quick wipe down with a damp rag will keep your food colder and your energy costs down.
Hang Laundry Outside – Skip the dryer and hang your clothes outside. Plus they’ll have that amazing fresh air scent.
- Cook Outside – Using the oven and stove top will heat up the kitchen. Save on utility costs by firing up your grill instead.
Stay Safe While Grilling
- Make sure your grill is clean and in proper working condition before every cookout
- Check the propane connections and gas distributors for signs of corrosion
- Use a spray bottle of water to tame the occasional burst of flames
- Have a fire extinguisher standing by in case things really get out of control
- Set a safety perimeter to prevent your family and guests from getting burned
- Keep grills at least ten feet from your home and other structures
Preventing Water Damage
- Check Outdoor Faucets and Sprinklers – Make sure all outdoor faucets and sprinklers are working properly. Look for leaks that can cause high water bills or lead to expensive water damage.
- Keep Sink Drains Clean – Clean drains every two to three months using equal parts of vinegar and baking soda to prevent smells and limit drain clogs that could cause water damage. Soak for at least thirty minutes or even overnight, then rinse with a few cups of boiling water.
- Eyeball Your Roof – Since you’ll be outside more, it will be easy to keep your eye on your roof. Look for damaged shingles or tiles and other damage that could lead to water damage down the line.
- Maintain Gutters and Downspouts – A clog in your gutters or downspout could easily lead to a water problem, so keep an eye on them. Check them after each storm to ensure they are flowing smoothly.
Look For Signs of Mold
The potential for mold growth increases during humid summer months. Mold needs moisture to grow, so look for standing water and condensation that could cause a problem later on. If you see small sections of mold, clean with a mixture of bleach and water. For larger areas, contact a professional mold removal specialist.
Don’t Forget About Your Basement and Attic
You are likely to spend more time outside during the summer, but don’t forget to check your basement or crawlspace and attic for signs of damage at least every other week. Discoloration and deterioration are signs you could have a water or mold problem. Catching these early can keep cleanup and restoration costs down.
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