The combination of storms, heat and spending time outside during the summer makes cleaning and maintenance a necessity for your home. Creating a clean and comfortable living environment during the summer can be difficult; here are five summer cleaning and maintenance tips to help keep your home clean and comfortable.
Clean AC Filters: One way to increase the effectiveness of an AC unit is to check the filters. When filters become dirty the AC unit become less effective and wastes more energy. You can clean a filter by wiping away any excess dust with a damp cloth than by running under cold water.
Dehumidify: Dehumidifying during the summer is important because it removes moisture in the air that can cause mold growth. You should dehumidify areas in your home with poor ventilation such as your basement.
Clear Drainage Systems: During the summer rain from thunderstorms or hurricanes can cause flooding. You should clean your gutters and remove debris from your home’s drainage system. Check for drains around doors, windows and flat roofs. Throughout the year leaves, sticks and dirt can clog drainage systems and cause water damage to your home.
Entrance Mats: Warm weather means more traffic in and out of the house. The best way to prevent dirt and mud from entering your home during the summer is by purchasing entrance mats. Entrance mats provide a first line of defense to trap dirt and moisture so you floors and carpets are protected.
Vinegar: Vinegar happens to be one of the most versatile green cleaning products on the market. During the summer you can clean your grill by spraying tin foil with vinegar and rubbing it on the metal grate. Also, nasty pests such as ants hate vinegar. If you leave any doors open during the summer you can keep out pests by pouring vinegar around the entrance.