Is your home ready for summer? It's the growing season and, in the lead-up to summer, now is the perfect time to make sure you've got the right equipment to keep your plot tended and your home comfortable.
In the garden
As the growing season takes hold, there will be more reason than ever to keep the garden and house surrounds under control.
Not only will it make your home tidier and better tended, but it will reduce areas for those wriggling warm weather threats, the snakes, to hide away in, and help reduce your property's risk in the event of a bushfire.
Now is a great time to have the family mower serviced.
Morisset Mowers and Chainsaws owner Jason Miles said most of us forgot about servicing our mowers until there was a problem.
"Most people bring it in when it is broken down," he said.
"Generally we tell people who are buying a mower, or having one repaired, to bring it in for a service every 12 months. It keeps them running at peak performance."
The business repairs and services all brands.
If you are in the market for a new mower, there is a huge range out there to choose from.
"It depends on the size of the property, what you need to mow and your budget," Jason said.
The staff's expert advice can help you narrow down your options and find the perfect machine for your needs and price range. They can also kit you out for the rest of your garden needs, including brushcutters, trimmers and accessories.
If you are preparing your property for the upcoming fire season, the team has fire-fighting pumps in stock. Portable, they can be a handy helping hand for home protection.
In the home
Don't leave it to the first very hot day to try out your air-conditioner for the season. There are some vital steps to take for both evaporative units and reverse cycle to ensure they are working to their optimum capacity.
For units to continue to work at optimum efficiency, all air-conditioners needed to be serviced before summer.
The cost of a service is generally offset by the improved efficiency or, if a small issue is picked up early, it is much easier and cheaper to fix before it is actually broken.
When finding someone to service the air-conditioner, make sure they're a trade-qualified air-conditioner and refrigeration mechanic by asking to see see their licence.
Once your service is out of the way and those hot summer days have set in there are a few steps you can take to ensure your home is kept as cool as possible.
Have the blinds down on all north-facing windows to keep the hot sun out.
Using zoning, if your air-conditioner has it, makes it run more efficiently.
Temperature wise, Australian standard dictates that residential units should be set at 24 degrees in summer and 22.5 degrees for commercial property.
There are some important differences when it comes to using a reverse cycle and evaporative units.
All doors and windows should be closed for reverse cycle units to work at their optimum capacity, while they should be open for evaporative to work well.
In reverse cycle units, the filters need to be kept clean.
During summer they should be cleaned at least once a month.
This can be done by the homeowner or an air-conditioner and refrigeration mechanic, however, the initial pre-summer service must be done by a mechanic.