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July 2020

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Easy ways to care for your home this summer


(NC) The sunny, long summer days are here, and while it’s prime time for lounging on the deck or taking a dip in the pool, it’s also an excellent time to do some simple maintenance tasks to keep your home in tip-top shape.

Air conditioner

Air conditioners can sometimes take a beating during summers that are hotter than others. Be sure to check your furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed. This not only prolongs your air conditioner and furnace system’s lifespan, it also helps distribute air flow more evenly. This allows it to help catch airborne dust, mould spores, pollen, dander and other kinds of dirt, thereby improving the air quality in your home.  A good time to clean your air conditioner is before first using it each season, as this will help it function properly.

Moisture

An excess of moisture within your home can cause mould and lead to health issues. Fix any leaks quickly and use your home’s ventilation systems, including exhaust fans while showering or cooking, to control humidity. Those exhaust fans also need some TLC, so check that they’re in working condition and clean them. Check the sealing around doors and windows for any air or water leaks. When days are dry, open windows to air out interiors.

Other seasonal items

Sheds can provide much-needed storage protection for your seasonal items, but they also need to be checked up on. Be on the lookout for any wear and tear. Also, if you have a garage, check the door tracks for any signs of deterioration and lubricate the bearings so that the door opens smoothly.

Other exterior items that should be inspected are the exterior painting or stucco. Are they in need of repairs or touch ups? Are the bricks and mortar in good shape? In what condition are your home’s roof shingles?

Find more home maintenance tips at tarion.com.

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