As the temperatures start to climb, you’ll likely find yourself spending most of your free time outside. That can mean your home appliances won’t get the attention they’ve become accustomed to. Before you opt for sunny days on the patio instead of hanging out in the house doing chores, get your appliances ready for the upcoming summer season.
While washers don’t necessarily need any pre-summer prep, dryers definitely do. If you prefer hanging your wet clothes outside to dry in the sweet, summer breeze, you probably won’t need to prep your dryer for the summer. But if you are going to use your dryer regularly throughout the season, you’ll want to prep it beforehand.
Clean the lint trap. Besides cleaning it out after every use, you’ll want to do an extensive cleaning of it at least once a month, especially before summer rolls around. If lint builds up, your home could be at risk of a fire.
Adjust the temperature. While it’s hot outside, turn down the heat of the dryer cycle. This will help keep the interior of your home cooler.
During the heat, your fridge and freezer will have to work harder to keep themselves cool. Help them out, and you’ll both benefit.
Adjust the temperature. Help ease the load by setting your temperature to just a couple degrees above zero. Your food will still stay fresh and cold, and it won’t have to work as hard when summer reaches its peak.
Check the air circulation and ventilation. Avoid placing items on top of the fridge or freezer and ensure there’s a space between the back of the appliance and the wall. Proper ventilation will ensure the appliances run smoothly and don’t overheat.
When it gets sweltering out, most homeowners have a tendency to crank up their AC units. In an effort to combat the heat, though, the AC unit itself may suffer.
Keep an eye on the weather reports, and adjust the air conditioner accordingly. This will help you avoid running the unit at full capacity and prevent the appliance from breaking down when you need it the most.
To keep your home cooler during the summer, consider cooking outside more instead of running the gas range or the oven. But, if you’re preparing something that isn’t meant for the grill, try employing these tips.
Use your kitchen ventilation as much as possible. By turning on the fan, you can help extract heat from the kitchen and keep the interior of your home cool.
Cook in the morning. If at all possible, do your baking and cooking in the morning when it’s cooler outside. This will also help prevent warming up your home during the hottest part of the day.
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Do some of your home appliances need maintenance, repairs, or even replacement? Come and see the appliance experts at Genier’s in Vernon, BC. Our non-commissioned staff can walk you through the live showroom, connect you with an expert repair specialist or answer any questions you may have.