Guide to Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape This Summer

Guide to Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape This Summer

In Ireland, summer weather can be unpredictable, recent years have brought a mix of warm seasons and disappointingly cooler and wetter conditions. In this article, we’ll explore effective strategies to protect your home from moisture, ensure your heating and insulation systems can handle temperature fluctuations, and maintain the exterior of your home against the elements. Here are practical maintenance tips for a comfortable and trouble-free summer:-

  1. Heating System Check-Up

Even during summer, nights can be chilly. Have your heating system checked and serviced to ensure it’s ready to work efficiently when needed. Your heating system should be serviced at least once a year.

  1. Gutter and Drain Maintenance

Regularly clean your gutters and downpipes to prevent blockages that can lead to water damage. Ensuring proper drainage is key to protecting the structure of your home.

  1. Roof Inspection

Examine your roof for any signs of wear or damage, such as loose or broken tiles. Early detection of roof issues can prevent leaks and costly repairs later on.

  1. Lawn and Garden Care

Keep your garden flourishing by regularly mowing the lawn, pruning bushes, and weeding. Choose plants that thrive in your soil type to enhance your garden’s resilience and beauty.

  1. Seal Windows and Doors

Check for and seal any leaks or drafts in windows and doors. This not only keeps out cold and moisture when the weather is miserable but also helps to regulate your home’s temperature during a hot spell and improves energy efficiency.

  1. Check Ventilation

To avoid issues with humidity and condensation, ensure your home is well-ventilated. This may include checking wall vents are not blocked and possibly upgrading extractor fans in your kitchen and bathrooms.

  1. Exterior Painting and Sealing

If weather conditions permit, apply a fresh coat of weather-resistant paint to your home’s exterior. Treat wood surfaces with a waterproof sealant to protect against moisture and paint any ironwork on gates and railings if necessary.

  1. Inspect Insulation

Proper insulation is crucial all year round. Inspect your attic and walls to ensure they are well insulated against both moisture and heat loss. Use an infrared heat thermometer to check where the heat is getting lost in each room and get some advice on getting it sorted.  Aldi or Lidl have those thermometers on special offer from time to time if you don’t have one already.

  1. Pathway and Driveway Maintenance

Clean and repair pathways, driveways, and patios to prevent algae buildup and ensure safe walking conditions. It also make your home look a bit smarter:-)

By prioritising these areas, you can maintain a home that is not only functional and comfortable during the summer months but also prepared for the transition into cooler seasons. Regular upkeep adapted to changeable weather is essential for long-term home care and enjoyment.

Wishing you the best of luck with keeping your home in tip-top shape. If you need some help with any of this work, make sure to get a number of quotes for your job on our website at🙂

Oliver Dempsey
10 July 2024

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