August is the last gasp of summer signaling Autumn’s approach right around the corner. Relax, enjoy the dog days, but maybe take a little time to prevent future problems.

Here are some home maintenance tips you should do in August:

  • Check your washing machine hoses and replace any bulging hoses.
  • Tidy up your yard by pruning dead wood, cleaning up twigs, perennials to begin next year with a clean slate.
  • Clean your gutters of debris from summer storms and prevent future water damage.
  • Deal with wasps, mosquitoes, hornets and other insects. Wasp activity peaks in August and they are more aggressive.
  • Clean your natural stone such as patios, stone walkways and outdoor granite countertops so food, dirt and oil doesn’t set and leave permanent stains.
  • Prep your furnace for colder weather. Maybe you need it inspected, cleaned or need new filters.

Filtrete™ Ultra Allergen Furnace Filters

We are offering $6 Off on Filtrete™ Ultra Allergen Furnace Filters during August. These filters are built to promote better airflow throughout your home, while significantly reducing some of the more harmful airborne contaminants. For 3 months, these filters will help to reduce the types of bacteria and viruses that can fester within your indoor air for days, increasing the risk of sickness and air quality issues. They are 25% more efficient and have 15% better airflow and it’s especially important to keep your filters replaced before Fall allergy and flu season.

Spectracide® 2-pack Wasp & Hornet Killer

As you look toward Fall, guess what else may be looking at your home for a winter residence?  Wasps. Not only are they more likely to sting in August but in the fall, males wasps die off, but not before impregnating nearby available queens. The queens then typically look for a protected place to spend the winter. In some cases, insulated wall cavities fit the bill nicely. Spectracide® 2-pack Wasp & Hornet Killer is on sale during August. It lets you spray nests with a 27 ft. jet spray. Formulated for outdoor use against stinging wasps and hornets, killing on contact, eliminating the nest and it’s non-staining.

GE® LED Relax 4-pack light bulbs

Set the mood for any room with lighting. GE® LED Relax 4-pack light bulbs are on special. These bulbs are an enhanced soft white bulb provides the optimal light for comfortable moments and cozy spaces. It’s perfect for bedrooms, family rooms, and dining rooms. Efficient and rooms appear more cozy with earthy tones compared to regular light bulbs.

GE® High Definition refresh bulbs

For more invigorating spaces, also on sale are GE® High Definition bulbs which are an improved, energy-saving LED that enhance the appearance of colors. Experience the difference with bolder colors and enhanced contrast vs. standard GE LED bulbs. Refresh™ HD light offers a cool, invigorating light perfect for energizing moments and active spaces. Use refresh™ HD light in playrooms, home offices and laundry rooms.

Duracell® 16-packs of AA and AAA alkaline batteries

Stock up now on Duracell® batteries. 16-packs of AA and AAA alkaline batteries are on special, as well as 8-packs of C and D sized batteries and 4-packs of 9V batteries. Remember, extreme temperatures (hot or cold) will reduce battery performance. Store them at normal room temperature and don’t refrigerate batteries as it will not make them last longer. And remove batteries from a device if it will not be used for several months.

Pennzoil® Motor Oil

For your auto needs, we have Pennzoil® Motor Oil on sale. It helps protect against the effects of low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) in modern turbocharged engines plus provides better fuel economy. You can drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine. You can also save $6 on 5 gallon fuel cans this month at Longenecker’s.

August is the last care-free month for school children. Longenecker’s Hardware has  a plethora of back-to-school supplies for all ages including backpacks, lanyards, ink, paper, art supplies and Manheim Barons clothing.  Plus plastic tubs to carry all the dorm needs for college students