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PREPPING YOUR APARTMENT FOR SUMMER HOLIDAYS


Dubai summers are legendary for a reason- the scorching heat! But while you are off jet-setting to cooler places, your apartment needs some care and love to ensure you have a safe haven when you return. Here’s a comprehensive guide to prepping your Dubai apartment for those sizzling summer months.


BEATING THE HEAT

  • AIR CONDITIONING SAVIOR: Dubai’s apartments are built for battling the heat, so leverage your AC! Don’t switch it off completely. Leaving it on a timer (ideally 8-12 hours a day) at a moderate temperature (around 24C) prevents humidity buildup and mold growth. Consider a smart thermostat for remote control while you are away.

  • BLOCK THE BURN: Windows are heat magnets. Close all curtains and blinds, especially during the hottest part of the day. Invest in blackout curtains for maximum sunlight blockage.


APPLIANCE AMNESTY

  • POWER DOWN, SAVE BIG: Unplug non-essential electronics like TVs, routers, and chargers to avoid energy waste and the risk of electrical fires. Your fridge, of course, stays on!


FRESH START FOR YOUR FRIDGE

  • EMPTY THE PERISHABLES: A stinky fridge upon your return is no fun. Clear out all fruits, vegetables, and anything else that might decompose and create unpleasant odors. Make sure to give it a thorough cleaning before you leave on holiday.


SECURITY MEASURES

  • DOUBLE CHECK THOSE LOCKS: This might seem obvious, but ensure all windows and doors are properly locked and secured before you leave.

  • DOUBLE CHECK THE TAPS: Make sure that there are no tap leaks around the house and these are major culprits to increase your water bills even while you are away.


BONUS TIPS

  • INFORM BUILDING MANAGEMENT: Let your building management know you will be away. This ensures they are aware of any potential issues that might arise.

  • DON’T FORGET THE PLANTS: Ask a friend or neighbor to water the plants regularly, while you are away.

  • STOCK UP ON ESSENTIALS: Leave behind a small stock of bottled water and some non-perishable snacks in case of any unexpected delays upon your return.


By following these simple steps, you can ensure your Dubai apartment weathers the summer heat wave just fine, leaving you to enjoy your well-deserved vacation and a smooth return to a cool and comfortable home. Now, go forth and conquer those summer adventures.

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