Yes, we know summer does not start until June 21, more than three weeks away. But we are in Florida, where summer actually started weeks ago.

How can we tell? Simple, 90-degree temperatures with high humidity and evening thunder showers.

With that in mind, it’s time to consider our summer home-maintenance tips before it gets too hot and humid to do anything except making sure the backyard pool is functioning correctly.

The good news is that most of these suggestions are for the indoors. We hope you took care of many of the outdoor chores already.

But as far as outdoors, here are a few things you should be considering.

Start with a general inspection of the outside of your home. Include the exterior structure, wood decks and concrete patios.

Additionally, if you do have a pool, refer back to the article we wrote here in July of 2020 about pool maintenance. You can see it by clicking here.

One other outdoor consideration that we touched on just a few weeks ago is hurricane season. Click here to review that article.

Now, let’s move indoors.

Examine and oil your garage-door opener and chain, as well as other door hinges in your home. Inspect your tile grout for cracks in the sealing. Clean behind the refrigerator and include vacuuming the coils.

This one is very important and should require bringing in a professional Clean out the lint from inside and outside of dryer vents. If these are not clean, it is a fire hazard.

Here’s a checklist of a few more ideas:

  • Clean out the faucet traps.
  • Have your HVAC system checked if you haven’t done it recently. Summer is not a good time for your A/C to break down.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. It will push cooler air from your A/C straight down.

And, as always, only do the things that you can realistically accomplish. For the rest, call in a professional. And have a great summer!