Summertime Home Maintenance
Posted: May 15, 2019 by Honor Rudd
Southeastern North Carolina’s picture-perfect summers draw thousands to our scenic towns and sandy shores, and we’re lucky enough to live here! But before we can kick back and enjoy all that summertime in the Cape Fear Region has to offer, there are a few things to consider around the house that’ll make the season even more perfect.
AC and Fans: Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans, and while you’re at it, clean the blades so when you turn them back on you don’t get a dust-bunny blizzard. Do the same with the filters in your window units so the cool air they provide will be fresh and clean.
HVAC Service: Get a service call in now before the heat of summer hits and everybody in town in need of relief is calling at one time!
Clean Your Dryer Vent: Avoid fire hazards and insure the optimal functioning of your clothes dryer with a good cleaning twice a year—once as you prepare your home for summer, and again when winter is coming.
Window Treatment: Consider investing in sun-blocking window film, which won’t impede your view, but will cut your energy costs!
Deck Check: What’s a beautiful Eastern North Carolina summer without a backyard BBQ? Make sure your deck is in good shape for a fiesta—check for rotting boards and hammer any loose nails.
Discourage Unwanted Guests: Just as critters seek the warmth of our homes in the winter, many will seek the cool environs created by our central air when the summer heat ramps up—fill cracks, cover holes, and remove any vines or collected debris from around your foundation to make your home less hospitable to creepy critters.
Testing, Testing: Push the “Test” button on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t get a response, change the batteries.
Mulch: Adding a fresh layer of mulch to your gardens will deter weeds, and help the soil retain moisture during summer’s long, sunny days.
Chill: Last but not least, get yourself a hammock and find a shady place to hang it. It’s going to be a beautiful summer!