Best Summer Maintenance Routine

Man repairing air conditioning system in the summer

Ensuring your home is well-maintained during the summer can help prevent potential issues and keep your home looking and feeling great! 

At Prestige Builder Group we pride ourselves on building custom homes to last. We use our new home design and building expertise to achieve your dream home. We also enjoy using our vast experience to share tips on how to keep your home looking new.

Here are five of the most important summer maintenance activities for your home:

Inspect and Maintain the Air Conditioning System

  • Check your HVAC filters: Clean or replace air filters to ensure efficient operation.
  • Clean your air conditioning unit: Remove debris from around the outdoor unit and clean the coils.
  • Check the coolant levels: Ensure the refrigerant levels are adequate and there are no leaks.

A well-maintained air conditioning system will save long-term energy costs and keep you home feeling comfortable. You may even consider having a professional HVAC technician inspect and service the system to ensure nothing has been missed.

Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts

  • Remove Debris: Clear out leaves, twigs, and other debris that can cause blockages.
  • Check for Damage: Look for signs of damage or wear and repair as needed.
  • Ensure Proper Drainage: Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation to prevent water damage.

Cleaning gutters and downspouts not only improves the look of your home but also ensures water is flowing away from the foundation of your home. This easy maintenance practice will help keep your home's foundation from weakening and eventually cracking. 

Maintain the Lawn and Garden

  • Mowing: Keep the lawn trimmed to a healthy height, typically around 3 inches, to prevent stress and encourage deep root growth.
  • Watering: Water deeply and infrequently to promote strong root development. Early morning is the best time to water to reduce evaporation.
  • Weeding: Regularly remove weeds to prevent them from taking over the garden and lawn.

A healthy lawn can be a point of pride for a homeowner and the entire neighborhood. Keeping your lawn maintained in the summer can also help control pests and unwanted weeds.

Check and Seal Windows and Doors

  • Inspect Seals: Check for gaps, cracks, or worn weather stripping around windows and doors.
  • Seal Gaps: Use caulk or weather stripping to seal any gaps to improve energy efficiency and prevent cool air from escaping.
  • Clean Windows: Clean both the inside and outside of windows to maximize natural light and keep your home looking well-maintained.

Large amounts of cool air can escape through the smallest opening around a door or window. Keeping them sealed improves energy costs and keeps your home from feeling drafty.

Inspect and Maintain the Roof

  • Check for Damage: Look for missing, damaged, or curling shingles.
  • Clean the Roof: Remove any debris, such as leaves or branches, that can trap moisture and cause damage.
  • Inspect Flashing: Ensure that the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights is secure and intact to prevent leaks.

In addition to curb appeal, maintaining your home's roof in the summer keeps you from having to deal with disasters in the future like leaks, pests, and drafts. 

Summer Maintenance Helps Your Home Last a Lifetime and Beyond

By staying on top of these maintenance tasks, you can help ensure your home remains in good condition throughout the summer and beyond.

Our expert home designers, tradespeople, suppliers, and artisans can help you make the decisions that will create your dream home. Schedule a consultation with us, visit our model home located in Wadsworth, OH, and see for yourself what a custom-built home can be.