Australian summers are known to be very hot, and very dry. Although it’s not for everyone, us Aussies know how to make the most of it.
Bushfires are quite prevalent during the dryer months in summer, so it is important to be well prepared. However, for the most part, preparing for summer in Australia is about getting ready for the festive season and preparing the house for entertaining guests.
Here are some great ways to make the most of the summer.
Make Your Home Bush Fire Ready
In Australia, we are quite accustomed to bushfires during the warmer summer months. That’s why it is so important to spend time reducing the risk of your house going up in flames.
Walk around your property and take note of anything that may be hazardous or increase the risk of your house set on fire. This could include overhanging branches, long or dead grass, clogged gutters etc. If you are unable to fix some of the problems, hire trained professionals to come and clean up your property to reduce the potential fire risk. Also, it’s important to make sure your home sprinkler system is all in working order with no leaks or broken sprinklers.
No matter how much you reduce the risk of a fire, it may still occur. That’s why you need to be prepared to fight back against the flames. It may be worth considering fire fighting water pumps which are great for fighting against large flames. Fire fighting pumps are great to quickly draw water from a lake or pool to spray on your house and reduce flames.
Prepare Your Outdoor Entertaining Area
The summer weather in Australia is some of the best weather in the world. Be sure to stay well protected from the sun and enjoy the beautiful temperature, low humidity and dry sunny days. One of the best ways to make the most of the summer is to ensure your outdoor entertaining area is all set up.
Your outside barbeque may have not received much love over the wetter month, be sure to give it a great clean ready for traditional Aussie BBQ weather. Assure you have a nice table with enough chairs for all your potential guests. One of the best all year-round improvements you can make to your house is a Patio area to keep you cool in summer and protect you from the weather in winter. It’s also a great way to improve the worth of your house.
Get Your Backyard Pool Ready
Backyard pools are very common in Australia due to our usually dry and hot weather. If you’ve been considering purchasing either a permanent or temporary pool, you want to get it done before summer to make the most of the season’s weather.
Once you’ve installed the pool, or already have a pool on your property, consider shading options to reduce the risk of sunburn. Sun cream does work to an extent but usually decreases in effectiveness over a longer period. Shade sails and similar products are perfect to provide shade and protect your skin from the sun.
Swim University has a great list of tips to get your swimming pool ready for summer!
Keeping Your Home Cool and Bug-Free
Summer brings with it a lot of fly’s and other annoying bugs. Check your windows and assure the fly screens aren’t broken or contain holes. During the summer months, it’s a great idea to open your windows overnight to let the cool night air in. However only open them if your fly screen is strong enough to protect from intruders.
Check your air-conditioning system to assure its all in working order. Air-conditioning businesses are often busier in summer and may mean you’ll be left weeks without cool air if it’s not in working order. Another great tip is to switch your ceiling fans to rotate anti-clockwise to suck air rather than pull. This is a great way to pull nice cool air into the house overnight.
Prepare to Make the Most of Summer
The dry and sunny months are the best time to work on improving your house. Look to get some important work done around the house such as home renovations, outdoor painting or even landscaping. Make the most of Australia’s public holidays over the festive period by entertaining guests and enjoying your outdoor area.
Planning ahead with renovations is a must as materials and labour take time to organise and have delivered. Start planning now to have materials delivered and if you’re planning on getting professional help, organise their services in advance.