During the summer months, a cold, long winter seems ages away. As we all get a chance to appreciate the outdoors and our backyards once again, many of us take time to work on outdoor projects such as building a fence, refinishing the deck, or tending to our summer gardens. In addition to these home improvement projects, summer is a great time to check in on a few things both inside and outside the home. Here are three summer maintenance checklist items we recommend for homeowners:
Replace Furnace Filters In Your Home
The summer months mean hotter weather. More and more, our summers may be downright sizzling, and this means frequently running your air conditioner. Be certain to get the furnace regularly serviced. It’ll help keep your home’s air quality clean and healthy and make sure you use HEPA filters to assist in also reducing allergy symptoms.
Most HVAC professionals recommend changing the filters every 3 months, at a minimum. Replace using clean filters at the beginning of each season so it is easy to recall. If you have an HRV or ERV, correct maintenance also should be performed at the beginning of the summer months. If you do not have a central AC be certain your window AC units are installed and properly working for the scorching months ahead.
Check for Mold Above & Below Your Home
The musty odor in the attic, crawlspace, or basement is a sign of mold and/or moisture. That odor is mold “digesting”. Locating the moisture source and getting it fixed is important, whether it’s a drain backup, crack in the foundation, leaking roof or pipe. Mold will continuously grow if the water source isn’t found and repaired.
Inspect the Driveway Outside Your Home
Extreme temperature fluctuations and hard winters may wreak havoc on driveways. When it comes to tiny cracks and holes on concrete driveways, it’s possible to fill these cracks using a cement repair product. For sunken holes or deeper cracks, it is wise to seek professional help from paving experts. An experienced pavement contractor can determine if a more severe issue needs to be addressed. If you have an asphalt driveway, keep in mind these must be resealed every 2 – 5 years.
In addition to your driveway, take time to check the patio space, and search for damaged or missing stones or bricks. If the patio is concrete, resealing can help extend the life of your surface.
At Kissner Paving, we cover the entire Chattanooga Metro with asphalt paving and seal coating. Call us today at (706) 956-5296 in Georgia or (423) 634-1920 in Tennessee.