Owning a home, whether it be a primary residence or a vacation rental, comes with maintenance tasks. Your home maintenance has a lot to do with the climate you live in. An area like Palm Desert is oftentimes dry and hot. So, you might be wondering how to maintain a home in a hot climate. Let's take a look at some of the main things you need to consider.
Maintaining A Home In A Hot Climate
Heating and Air HVAC
You want to make sure your heating and air system are working for you. You should have this system checked twice a year for proper maintenance. These routine checks should a; ways be done before the peak of the hot or cold seasons. You want to make sure the HVAC tech is checking for any leaks as well as an inspection of the unit.
In the spring you should always clean out your dryer vents. Dryer vents have a lot of build-up lint and in some cases, this has been known to cause house fires. An HVAC or handyman can usually clean out these vents for you.
Did you know that your ceiling fan most likely has a switch that changes the rotation of the blade? If this is the case you want to change it for those hot summer months to counterclockwise. This pushes the air down into the room.
Depending on your landscape, you may want to use those spring months wisely to make sure your landscape is cleared up. If this isn't something you can regularly maintain yourself, consider working with a professional landscaping company.
Gutters are an important part of every house, even homes in a warmer climates. For the fall and winter, you want to make sure your gutters are cleaned out and in good working order. This means that they are cleared of debris and nothing is clogging them up.
Alarms (smoke detector/carbon monoxide)
Most people try to maintain these home alarms and use the twice-a-year time changes to remember to change the batteries and make sure these alarms are in proper working order.
Always be sure to check your window screens for any rips, holes, or tears. This kind of damage can easily happen and you want to repair it to prevent any pests or insects from coming in. Do a yearly check of all of your screens. If you find you need some help to repair one, this can usually be done by most handymen.
Maintaining a home well is a key component to maintaining your equity and increasing your home value. It can seem like a lot of work, but if you build a strong routine, you will see the benefits of maintaining your property. If you have any questions regarding a primary residence or vacation rental in Palm Desert, contact us. We would be happy to help you with our knowledge and experience as you navigate your investment and do your best to maintain it.