With the summer months around the corner, we all want to spend more time outdoors enjoying the warm, balm evenings. This doesn’t always have to mean venturing out if you have the right set up at home. The warmer months are a great time to enjoy your home and bond with family and friends in an inviting and relaxed setting. You don’t need to spend big bucks to get your home summer ready, here are a few inexpensive ideas to help you make sure your home is the place to be this summer.
Take the party outside
As the mercury rises, no one want to be stuck indoors, so make the most of your outdoor space and use it to entertain. It doesn’t take a lot, just some comfy seating, like outdoor lounge sets to make sure everyone is relaxed and feeling comfortable. Drinks can be kept cold in a bucket with some ice and as you’re outside, it’s no big deal if someone spills! You don’t have to slave over a hot stove either, simply pop some meat on the barbecue and you can chat to your guests while you’re outside getting dinner ready. If your summer nights are still a bit chilly you can warm your guests with a few cosy blankets or arrange your seating around a fire pit have guests warm up while roasting marshmallows for dessert.
Insects can be a huge problem during summer and in some parts of the world even cause major health risks. When the warmer months roll by it’s important to take a few steps to protect your household from the nasty pests. Consider putting insect screens on doors and windows. This will allow you to still have healthy air flow in your home without exposing it to the invasion of flying and crawling insects. You could also use a automatic pest repellent spray, that can be programmed to release a burst of repellent every few minutes to make your indoor space an uninviting place for insects. Most are safe for use around children and pets, though be sure to read the safety instructions and try to keep it away from direct contact with food and water sources. If you’re able to keep an eye on a candle or oil burner, citronella, lavender and peppermint oils are great natural insect repellents.
Keeping your cool in summer is often more costly than keeping it warm in winter, especially if your live in a warmer climate. If you’re lucky enough to afford it, a central temperature control is the best way to regulate the temperature in your whole home. Otherwise consider installing an air conditioning unit in the room that you occupy the most, like the living room or bedroom. If you’d like the option to have a moveable unit, there are smaller air conditioning units that are portable and can be moved with you from room to room. If your budget is even tighter, a fan will serve just fine in a pinch. You can amp up its effectiveness by placing a bowl or ice in front of the fan and have it blow cold air in your home direction.