Warmer days are well and truly on the way here in Australia. But while you might be ready for summer, your home might not be. Keep reading for a few handy tips to help you get your home ready for summer.
Getting your home summer ready
Wash those windows
Create bug barriers
Keep your cool
Go all out(door)
Invest in heat blocking blinds
Embrace summer home decor
Your floors may get a weekly vacuum, but what about your windows? Start by vacuuming away any cobwebs or allergy-inducing dust from the window corners, window coverings and even the window screens. Then, remove your curtains or blinds from the windows so that you can clean the glass with your cleaning product of choice.
While you’re there, why not do the blinds or curtains too. To clean most blinds, all you need to do is wipe them with a microfiber cloth or the soft brush attachment from your vacuum cleaner to remove the majority of the dust. You can find out more here.
One of few negative aspects of summer is the onslaught of insects that the season brings along with it. Before flies and mozzies become a serious problem, install fly screens over windows and doors, repair holes in existing screens and seal up any cracks or gaps where they could be entering. This way you can enjoy cool evening breezes without worrying about intruding insects.
If you’re doing a lot of entertaining outdoors, it could be worth installing outdoor blinds like Windmaster blinds that can create an enclosed outdoor area and keep the bugs at bay. Trust us, your guest will love you for it!
As we all know, Aussie summers bring the heat, so it’s a wise idea to make sure any cooling appliances are ready to go as soon as the mercury rises.
AC: Over time, dust, dirt and grime will build up on the air conditioning filter, causing it to block up. If you know what you’re doing you can clean the filter yourself, or simply call your local technician.
Ceiling fans: If you haven’t switched your fan on for some time, it’s likely collected a considerable amount of allergy-inducing dust. Our tip? Use an old pillowcase to clean each of the blades, collecting dust inside the pillowcase as you go to avoid spreading it throughout the room.
Whether your home has a backyard, patio, veranda or balcony, it’s safe to say you’ll likely spend a decent amount of time enjoying it during the summer. So, don’t forget to spring clean this area! Get the hose out and spray any debris off your deck, furniture and outdoor blinds, awnings or shutters for an instant facelift.
Once that’s done, consider some extra touches to make your outdoor area all the more inviting. Consider adding bench seating, hanging plants and even an inbuilt mini bar (if you have the space)!
If you don’t already have summer blinds, awnings or shutters installed, it might be worth looking into. Here at Half Price Blinds, we offer four different heat blocking blinds styles that are super affordable and can be easily installed yourself.
In our range, the two best styles for outdoor entertaining are Windmaster blinds and outdoor shutters. Both of these products can be installed to create a fully or partially enclosed outdoor area, perfect for shielding yourself and guests from wind, rain, harsh sunlight and even insects!
We also stock automatic awnings: awnings that are fixed to your window’s exterior to reflect heat and regulate the indoor temperature, and folding arm awnings: retractable blinds that can extend out to 3 metres over patio areas or pools to provide shelter from the sun and rain.
When the temperatures are high, even just the sight of a woolly jumper or rug can make you feel ten times hotter. Before the season hits full swing, swap out heavy linens for lighter, cotton or linen blends, and replace woolly blankets with light throw rugs. Opt for refreshing shades of blues, pinks, greens and greys to create a cooling effect.
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