Keep your cool
UK homes are generally built to resist the cold, not the heat. So, if we experience another red-hot summer, our lounges and bedrooms can quickly become stuffy and uncomfortable. To increase the natural ventilation through your home, open a downstairs window on the shaded side of your house, and open an upstairs window on the sunny side. Then as the warm air rises, it will create a natural flow of fresh air through your home. Wind direction will determine which windows will work best – so try a few combinations until you find the one that generates the freshest air. And to boost airflow on a calm day, place an inward-facing fan near the downstairs window.
Safe & secure
Most burglars are opportunists, always on the lookout for the tell-tale signs that someone’s not at home. Which means that while you’re away this summer, it’s a good idea to ask a neighbour to push any post through your letter box, and to put out your bins and wheel them back in again. For a more hi-tech security solution, you can install a burglar alarm with security cameras. And with the right app, you can live-stream your living room to your phone. Then if your alarm goes off and you see uninvited guests in your home, you don’t have to rely on a neighbour calling the police – you can do it yourself.
Home automation technology can help you stay cool and comfortable in the summer heat. From closing the blinds in a sunny room, to opening upstairs windows so fresh air can circulate, automation tech can keep your home airy and fresh on the warmest of days. And it can help you keep an eye on the kids too. With garden cameras and a smart app, you can watch your little ones play while you relax inside. Plus, door and gate sensors can keep them clear of no-go zones like the garage or kitchen.
Summer is the ideal time to get cracking with all kinds of DIY tasks - because just about everything is easier when the weather is warm. Interior paint and wallpaper paste dry faster. While outside, weeding patios and pathways is a lot less of a chore in the sunshine. Other top summer tasks include treating the shed and fences, because timber absorbs more wood stain when it’s dry - so it gets a deeper, more thorough treatment. And if you’re comfortable climbing a ladder, now is the time to clean out your gutters before autumn fills them with another load of leaves.