Phoenix Summer Time Tips


With the temperatures starting to hover around the low 100s, we know that Phoenix Summer is upon us. If you haven’t already done so, you probably want to make sure your house is summer-ready by checking your air conditioner, swimming pool, and pest control.


Just this past week one of our agents noticed about 1/2 dozen scorpions in his house!  Yuck!  That prompted him to call a professional immediately.  It also reminded me it's time for SUMMER TIME TIPS! For those of you who live in other parts of the's really not that bad if we keep on top of these issues.  Really!


Air Conditioner Maintenance


· Clean your filters. The most important thing a homeowner can do to maintain their air conditioner is clean and replace the filters frequently. For optimal efficiency and filtration, replace disposable filters at least once a month.


· Have a maintenance checkup. Before you require your unit to run full-tilt, have the system checked by a trained technician. Regular air conditioner maintenance will help ensure your unit is running safely and efficiently, potentially extending its life and saving you money.


· Every degree counts. Set your AC thermostat one or two degrees higher in the summer to save on energy costs. How much can this save you? For every degree increased, you can save two to three percent on your electric bill.



Pool Safety - Keep Your Kids Safe Around Water - We can NEVER say this enough.Phoenix Summer Time Tips


· Check or install drain covers.


· Make sure your pump has an auto shut-off device.


· Check your pool gate latches.


· Check that your fence is in good repair.


· Remove any climbable objects near the pool fence and toys from the pool or deck.


· Get or renew your CPR certification, if necessary.


· Make sure pool chemicals and tools are safely stored and locked.



Summer Pest Control


Mosquitoes. The bites of these annoying little guys can itch for days, and they can carry illnesses like West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes breed in shallow water, like puddles and water-filled pots. Check for standing water around your property, and empty or minimize it, if possible.


House Flies. Plain and simple, flies follow the food. If you have a swamp cooler that requires you to keep your windows open, make sure your screens are in good repair (no holes!).


Ants. Just like flies, ants follow the food. Whether it’s outside on the grill or in your kitchen, if they have a path to food, they will follow it. Keep your floors and counters extra-clean during the summer, and put all food away.


Scorpions. If you live in or near the desert, you’re likely to see these critters as they head indoors in search of a water source. Scorpions, however, are immune to most pesticides. If you suspect you have scorpions in your house, call a professional exterminator. Eliminating their food source (other insects) can help.


Snakes. Snakes can be a real problem, and most pest control companies can do nothing to prevent them from entering your home. You can have pest control traps installed, but you should understand that capture is not guaranteed. If you have a snake in your house, call a wildlife company that deals with them.


General tips: Keep your kitchen clean. Put away food. Install solid window screens. And turn off outdoor lights when you don't need them.



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I hate ants. I mean I absolutely despise them. We used to get invaded by ants every night. They seemed to wait outside until we turned the lights off and then they would invade. Everywhere!

In 2003 my husband's grandma died, and on her deathbed in the hospital she told us how to keep ants out of the house:

Buy the finest mulch you can find -- nothing over one-half inch, and try to get one-quarter inch. Put a two-foot mulch barrier around your home and anything else where you don't want the ants. It should be about two inches deep.

For some reason, the ants won't cross it. If they do, then it's not wide enough, not deep enough, or the dogs or kids have played in it and left a dirt path through it that the ants have found.

I'm proud to say that I have not had ants in my home in six years now.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago

Really..............that worked?  Amazing.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

Ah, yes...Phoenix summer....I was painfully reminded that wearing a skirt and getting into a car with leather upholstery can be a scalding experience if not done in a planned, precise manner....

Thanks for the tips!  Going to put my fiance to work this weekend!

Sharon Kotula
Argent Decor
Phoenix Vacation Home Furnishing Service
480-699-7077 Office
480-220-2909  Cell

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) over 9 years ago

Sharon........ohhhhh nooooo the dreaded leather seats.  There is that!  And the door handles that are so hot!  Somehow we all learn a 'work around' with these issues.

There you go.........get your guy getting things in order so you can start having pool time fun!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

This is a very informative post, Well done. Now if we could get seller to make needed repairs before listing their home for sale!


Posted by David Salvato (David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino) about 9 years ago

Hi David - yes sellers abolutely need to handle these items before the house goes on the market.  Puts them in a much better negotiating position at home isspection time.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 9 years ago

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