It’s officially SUMMER!If you live in Germany, then it’s time to open up those windows and turn on the fans. This may also mean that your house now has a welcome sign for flies to come into your house!
This is a big problem here due to most housing in Germany having gorgeous, wonderful, large windows that open nice and wide…however, almost no houses come with screens on the windows.
You may be asking why is this a problem? Just turn on the A.C. you say? Well, we live in Europe and in Europe; air conditioning is not really something that houses have. If you want an air conditioning unit it costs a few hundred euros.
My household lives off of fans and open windows and we are fine in the summer time. It does get super-hot here,don’t get me wrong. But, it’s bearable.
Have no fear! I’m here to give you my #1 summer tip for keeping those pesky in bugs out of your German house.
At almost ANY German hardware style store (Globus, Toom, Hela, etc.) you can find inexpensive screens. They come in white or black and a variety of different sizes (just remember they are measured in cm-so don’t make the mistake of thinking a screen will fit your size window if you measured your house window size in inches and then you grab a screen that is too small).
|This screen cost me 199 euro (about $2.25)|
Clean off the perimeter of the inside of your window-I use a Lysol wipe. The reason you want to do this is to make sure to get any dirt and dust off the edge where you will be applying the screen tape. This way the tape adheres well to the window. Otherwise it will constantly fall down or come undone when you close and open the window.
|See how I'm cleaning the 'middle' of the window seal|
Meanwhile, unfold the screen and hold it up to the window to ensure it will fit the window opening. It’s best if you leave about ½ inch extra on each edge. This is because if the window is too taut and you shut the window sometimes the screen will come loose on an edge.
|This is what happened when I didn't allow for some extra on the edges of the window and I made it too tight and then closed the window-it came undone.|
Take your screen tape and remove a small section of the wax paper overlay.
|Notice the small flexible plastic 'teeth'|
After the tape is installed all around the edge, it’s time for the last step-installing the screen.
|press the screen to the plastic grippers on the sticky tape you just installed|
|Here's a picture of the screen I installed in my daughters room to illustrate the extra screen to ensure it's not too tight|
That’s it! 5 simple steps to be bug free in the heat of summer.
Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll help the best I can.
|Prior to installing the screen|
|WITH the screen installed-you can barely tell it's there:)|
Happy Summer Everyone!