6 Late Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Your Home.
We all know that the late summer heat of August is just unbearable most of the time. So why not do a few home maintenance items that could help keep your home a little cooler.
To-Do #1: Replace Air Conditioner Filter The air filter on your heating and cooling system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely through the unit. According to Steve Arnold with Arnold Heat and Air in Conway, AR "it is best to go with the less expensive air filters because the provide much better air flow into the Air Unit. The faster air can flow into the unit the faster your home will cool down." He also recommends changing them every 30 days, because if they are clogged up the unit is not getting the air it needs to do its job of cooling your home.
To-Do #2: Clean Air Conditioner Drain Line Air conditioners remove water from the air in your house as they cool, and the last thing you want on a hot August day is for the condensation drain line to become clogged with algae and back the water up into your AC unit or house. To check the drain line for clogs, pour a cup of water down the access line while someone else watches where the pipe exits outside. If the water drains slowly or not at all, it’s clogged and needs to be cleared. To prevent future clogs in the air conditioner drain line, pour a cup of bleach down the access pipe to kill any algae. Check out our video on How to Clean an AC Condensation Drain Line to find out more.
To-Do #3: Clean and Maintain Bathroom Vent Fan Running a bathroom vent fan during and for 10-20 minutes after you shower or bath is important to remove excess humidity and prevent mold or mildew from forming. Cleaning the vent fan annually will keep it running quietly and efficiently.
To-Do #4: Clean Range Hood Filter and Fan The range hood, or an over the range microwave fan, needs to be cleaned regularly to remove built-up grease. Start by thoroughly cleaning the range hood or microwave inside and out with a citrus-based cleaner. Be sure to clean the top, sides, and even underneath, to remove all that cooking grime. Wear gloves and be careful of sharp metal edges. Remove the grease filter from the fan, and clean it in hot, soapy water; or run it in the dishwasher. If you can reach the fan blades, turn the power off to the fan, and wipe them down as well.
To-Do #5: Clean Refrigerator Coils You can save as much as $100 a year on your power bill by vacuuming the refrigerator coils regularly! The coils can be found either on the back of the fridge or underneath the unit behind the kick plate.
To-Do #6: Clean and Test Refrigerator Door Seal Start by cleaning the door gaskets on your refrigerator thoroughly with soap and water, then inspect the gaskets for cracks or tears. To test how well the gasket seals, place a dollar bill between the gasket and fridge, close the door, and try to pull the bill out. If the seal is working properly, you should feel resistance as you pull. If the paper bill pulls out easily, you may need to align the refrigerator door or replace the gasket. If the gasket isn't sealing, start by checking to make sure the door is aligned squarely on the hinges. If it’s not, adjust as needed, following the instructions in the refrigerator manual.
If you are in need of a great Heat and Air Contractor please give Steve Arnold a call. He is reliable and affordable.