When summer rolls around, your home’s air conditioning system isn’t the only thing that needs some TLC and attention. There are also a number of easy home improvement projects to tackle over the weekend. Add to the curb appeal of your house, conserve energy and add security measures with these eight excellent DIY projects from Engineered Air.
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1. Add Landscape Lighting Along Your Walkway
Enhance the nighttime curb appeal of your home—and add a measure of safety and security—with low-voltage landscape lighting. Install exterior-grade fixtures along walkways and driveways. Or, opt to illuminate steps, trees, stonewalls, fences and other prominent landscape features.
2. Add a Simple Patio Deck
Adding a patio deck may sound like a big project to take on all on your own. However, with some basic carpentry tools and a little sweat, the job is in fact an easy one to tackle. Just follow these step-by-step instructions from This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.
3. Dress Up the Front With Exterior Shutters
Not only will exterior shutters add to your home’s curb appeal, they will also provide cool relief on those super hot and sunny summer days, offer better control over light and ventilation and provide additional security by acting as a barrier against high storm winds.
Select shutters made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite or fiberglass. Whichever material you choose, be sure to go with a color that complements the rest of your house. This is a great opportunity to get creative and add charm to your home’s entrance.
4. Get the Kids Eating Healthy With a Veggies Garden
With the kids out of school and plenty of energy abound, summer is a great time to build your own home vegetable garden. In as little as 500 sq. ft. of space, you and the family will enjoy a bounty of fresh vegetables year-round.
Even better, your kids will learn about natural cycles of growth and show a heightened interest in where our food comes from and the benefits of healthy eating. This type of shared family experience is invaluable. For complete building instructions, check out Eartheasy’s backyard veggie garden guide.
5. Screen-In Your Porch
Installing a porch screen is definitely a doable feat for a weekend project, and is a particularly useful one to complete in the height of South Florida summer when mosquitoes are abuzz. Avoid the labor-intensive method of screening your porch by following this easier screen installation approach from This Old House.
6. Make a Handsome Shed for Your Garden Tools
Your garden tools do plenty of work for you. Give them a nice space to rest on their off time. It’s also a smart sweat equity investment to make if you want to keep your tools rust-free and long-lasting.
Head to your local hardware store and pick up some off-the-shelf lumber, or buy a pre-packaged kit to assemble at home. A garden tool shed doesn’t have to be an eyesore, so make sure you design one that will add to your home’s outside decor and appeal.
7. Caulk Around Windows and Doors
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, caulking around windows and doors can save you five to ten percent in energy costs. Even better? The task is easy even for the most unhandy of people, supplies can cost as little as $3 and the whole project will take a maximum of two hours to complete. Clean around window and door frames, prepare your caulk gun and get to work!
8. Deep-Clean Your AC System
Summer is the perfect time to give your hardworking air conditioning system a deep cleaning. Like any appliance, your AC needs some TLC in order to run at peak performance, hiccup-free. Change your air filters, clear any obstructions or debris near your outdoor compressor unit and clean your AC condensate drain line.
Call Engineered Air for Summer AC Repair and Maintenance
If you’re not up for DIY cleaning your AC system, the experienced technicians at Engineered Air are here to help. Since 2003, we have proudly served homeowners in Pompano Beach and across South Florida communities with HVAC jobs of all scopes and sizes. Call us today at (855) 830-2292, or schedule an appointment online right away! We are passionate about keeping our customers cool and comfortable during sweltering summer months.