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How to prepare your house for summer

By Andrew Bell

Even though summer is a few weeks away, it's never too early to prepare your home for warmer weather. Your house is one of your most important investments, so it's important to protect it against environmental conditions. Whether it's snow, wind or the sun's harsh rays, there are many ways to weatherproof your home depending on where you live. Here are some of the best ways to prep your house for summer.

Check your air conditioning

Regardless of the type of air conditioning unit you have, from central AC to other methods, it's always best to make sure it's in working order before it's in heavy use. The first thing to do is to check that the filters and vents are clean. If they have collected dust and dander from the previous year or from sitting over the winter, it could end up circulating polluted air.

If you aren't sure if the air conditioner is working as it should, it might be a good idea to get an HVAC technician to come out to your house and check it for you. This offers peace of mind because the last thing that you want is for your air conditioner to fail when you need it the most.

Take precautions against humidity

The Gold Coast tends to get extremely humid, with the average humidity in February reaching 59%. Places like Surfers Paradise even get as high as 69.9% on average. To protect both inside and outside from the dangers of humidity, there are some precautions you can take. Here are some great examples:

  • Get a roof ventilator: This addition takes moisture out of the roof space, which can save the materials in the long run from collapsing or eroding.
  • Ensure airflow: Use things like ceiling fans to keep the air moving on the inside of your home, which can prevent humid, stagnant air from entering the house.
  • Pick the right house paint: Whether on the outside or the inside of your home, you can pick house paint that is specifically created to be resistant to humidity, like an acrylic-based option.

Prepare for flooding

Summer can be a wet season, so you need to get your home ready for potential flooding. Even as early as October, Eastern Australia has been battling some serious flooding issues, so it's never too early to get the house prepared. If your home isn't already on higher ground, there are ways to create a barrier or diversion for potential water. Reinforce your windows and doors if they aren't already sealed well. Consider installing things like flood walls, barriers, flood doors or fences.

Are you ready to find your next house? Need help moving into a new place before the summer hits? Reach out to the professionals at Ray White Surfers Paradise.

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