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27th March 2017

5 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Home For The Summer

 Prepare Your Home For Summer

5 things you can do to prepare your home for the summer

The summer season is a time for fun under the sun. The heat that it brings is welcoming along with beaches, vacation, camp, and sunscreen. But the summer heat could also mean sweltering temperatures and that is why it is important to be prepared and know how you can beat the heat. Here are five things that you can do to make sure that you and your home are ready for summer.

Invest

Invest in a portable air conditioner. For those who don’t have a window type air conditioning unit and would like to stay cool during summer, a portable air conditioner might work for you. It is portable in the sense that it doesn’t have to be fixed in one location and you can move it to a different part of the house. Just make sure that the plastic piece for the exhaust hose is in place so the hot exhaust has somewhere to go. A portable air conditioner is also suitable for those who have one-window rooms and would like to be able to open the window instead of having it occupied by an air conditioning unit.

Check

Check for ventilation leaks. Cooling your home will be pointless if there are leaks. Make sure that you check the insulation in and around your home to keep the cool air inside and the hot summer air out. Check your windows and doors and seal them with caulk. This is also the time to pay a visit to your attic as well as your basement and check the insulation. Move any objects that are blocking the vents so that air flows naturally. You should also look around pipes and ductwork for any leaks and should there be one, have it repaired right away.

Bug Control

Bug control. Bugs and pests tend to come out during the summer time. To keep your home bug and pest free, make sure that everything is sealed properly, from windows to doors and other openings. Checking for leaks is required here to keep critters from coming inside. If you’re already done checking for ventilation leaks then you’re already covered for bug leaks. Spray pesticide on your outdoor perimeter once you’re sure that everything is sealed. Just make sure that you keep the pesticides away from pets and little children. If you don’t like to use a chemical spray, you can make your own natural repellants for bugs and pests. And to keep them from getting in your house, you can install a screen door or install screens on your windows.

Prevent Water Damage

Prevent water damage. The summer season can also bring hurricanes and flooding. To keep water from damaging your home, check that your roof is in good condition and make sure that there are no cracks or leaks in your basement. Check your gutters as well to see if there are any leaks. Keep your gutters free from any debris by removing any leaves and other objects on it.

Stay cool. Guard against dehydration and keep yourself and your pets hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep you refreshed.

Air Conditioning

Get your air conditioning unit ready for the summer. Clean and test it early in the season. This will give you enough time to have it repaired if it has a problem or buy a new one. You can also opt to go natural and let the air inside your home by opening windows and doors. Keep the sun out of your house so that it will be cool when you come back. Do this by closing the blinds, shades or curtains around your home.

Don’t let the summer heat beat you, it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors. Wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. By preparing yourself and your home early, you’ll surely have an enjoyable summer.

Girl Unknown By Karen Perry – Book Review Week 12

Girl Unknown

I really enjoyed Girl Unknown by Karen Perry.

The Boy Who Never Was, the first KP novel I read,  had a disappointing ending. Thankfully, this one didn’t, hence, it hooked me in and kept me reading when I should have been working!

The chapters are from different viewpoints, again; is this the new thing now?! I still liked it, though!
As with The Boy Who Never Was, there was a twist I didn’t see coming so I’ve made a note at the charity shop where I volunteer, to have any other books by Karen Perry, put to the side for me 🙂 I do like a book with a good twist at the end! It’s not so good when the twist comes too early or the twist is a bit rubbish!

I found myself feeling sorry for the daughter throughout most of the book because of the way her father treated her. It was easy to forget that she was quite young and all the upheaval of having an unknown sister move in must have been horrible for her.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read 🙂

Synopsis

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads

‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family, particularly his wife Caroline, which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

Goodreads reading challenge 12 books read


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