It’s that time of year again. Triple digits have come and it’s only going to get hotter. We know pools and shade are a must but what does that mean for your home? Keep reading to find out the most important home maintenance tips to survive summer in Arizona.
I’ve been representing quite a few first-time home buyers in the last couple months. It’s such a fun experience for me, knowing the excitement and sense of accomplishment that comes with buying their first home. But I also know there is some anxiousness that comes with it. As home owners, they are now responsible for ALL the maintenance of their home.
Summer Home Maintenance
Since I feel like I’ve had the same conversation a few times over, I think this list will be beneficial for all of you to have an idea of the best home maintenance tips for the season. Summertime in Arizona is so hot, there are specific things to do around the home to make sure you’re prepared.
Don’t let this list overwhelm you. It’s just a matter of covering some of these items routinely to keep you from future headaches and stress over wasted money. Think of it as the periodic tune up for your home to get it ready for the summer heat.
1. A/C Tune Up
With many of the homes I’ve had inspections done on, the HVAC is an area that we really focus on. With our summer temps, it’s important to know the air conditioning is working and working well.
If you haven’t done it yet, now is the perfect time to get the annual a/c tune up. We are just starting to get into the hot weather of summer and the HVAC companies in the valley will be getting busy with repairs quickly.
Spending money on it may not seem like a priority but don’t forget it will ensure you don’t have leaks or refrigerant issues and help keep the electricity bill from skyrocketing more than it must.
2. Window Inspection
This one is just as important for the same reason. Sealants can get damaged in the sudden heat and then your wonderful air conditioning is escaping outside and that 100+ degree heat is making its way in.
Take the time one day soon to do a walk around the house, inside and out. The main thing to look out for is the sealants and the weather stripping. Use caulk to take care of sealant issues and replace any worn weather stripping.
3. Exterior Inspection
Our Arizona sun beats down on any and all surfaces. When it comes to home maintenance in Arizona, it’s imperative to look for any damage the sun can do to all parts of your home that are exposed to it. The roof is a big one but also the main exterior of the home.
We just had a pretty wet Winter and Spring (considering our normal) so you may have already detected any roof leaks you have. If not, you should have the roof checked out to ensure you don’t have any excessively worn areas. This will help with the cooling factor but it will also ensure you’re prepared for the monsoon season that will soon be upon us.
4. Pool Maintenance
For an overwhelming majority of Arizonan homeowners, this maintenance tip is applicable and important. If you have a pool, you may already be swimming in it.
For those whose pool isn’t heated or don’t have a cover, you may just be getting ready for the season. Make sure to have your pool maintenance done first so that pumps are properly working and the chemicals are properly balance.
You’d hate for that first dip in the pool on a hot day to be ruined by an overwhelming chemicals or a pool that feels like bath water!
5. Gutter Check
You’ll want to check your gutters to make sure they are clean of any debris and that they are fully intact. If you see any damaged areas, you will want to repair them.
Surprisingly the main reason for maintaining the gutters in your home in Arizona is to deter mold growth. If there is wet debris clogged in the gutters, it can do some serious damage in the mold department.
Those were all things I consider a must if they apply to your home. These next few things are just tips on ways to help you survive the heat while you’re in your home.
Shades/Room Darkening Curtains—Obviously it’s not the most appealing thing to be inside a dark home on a summer day but having the option of room darkening curtains can help keep it cool inside without cranking down the a/c. It will also protect your belongings from getting damaged by the rays coming through the window. Personally, I love that it keep the sunlight out a little longer so my kids aren’t woken up by the light peeking through the window at 4:30am!
Humidifier—Monsoon season can throw people for a loop when it comes to home maintenance. Those that are used to our dry heat can really suffer from the humidity and that includes your house. A humidifier can help to combat it.
Like I said, these are just tips but they will make a big difference in enjoying this summer. Don’t forget to check out my facebook for periodic tips!