Home Maintenance Tips for June
Can you believe it’s already June? We love the warm days and afternoon showers of summer. This month’s home maintenance task recommendations don’t really require a whole lot of work on your part. Just some of your time to check a few things. If you find you need the help of a professional, contact us for a referral.
- Test drive your A/C. If you haven’t already cranked up the A/C, give your air conditioner a test run before the summertime heat rises. Turn it on for 30 minutes to make sure it is cooling properly. If it’s not, then you’ll need to call a professional who will likely clean the condenser and lube the fan motor. Help extend the life of your A/C unit by only adjusting the temperature by only a degree or two at a time.
- Stop mold before it starts. We live in a temperate rain forest, so we deal with heat and rain all summer long. When heat and moisture combine, it’s the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Keep mold at bay by doing two things. First, lower your A/C thermostat. Second, keep your A/C fan set to auto to help control the humidity in your home. A cooler, less humid environment will discourage mold growth. If you see mold, you may need to call a professional to remove it.
- Stop the flying pests! Warm weather brings out ALL. THE. BUGS. Like moths, mosquitos, and beetles. They’re attracted to your outdoor lights. To make your lights less attractive to flying bugs, swap mercury vapor outdoor lightbulbs with yellow sodium vapor outdoor lightbulbs. Okay, this one may require some work on your part to change the lightbulbs. Use caution if you have to get on a ladder.
- Clean those refrigerator coils. Did that in January? Well, this is a task you’ll do a few times a year, especially if you have pets who shed their coats. A build-up of your pet’s recently shed winter coat on your refrigerator coils can cause your trusty appliance to work considerably harder than it needs to. As before, pull your refrigerator out from the wall and use the vacuum cleaner to remove any dust and fur.
As always, if you need help, let us know.