It’s a Breeze to Keep a Home Cooler in Sum­mer

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - House And Living -

By Me­lanie Bow­man

As we head into sum­mer and soar­ing tem­per­a­tures across Aus­tralia, power bills and en­ergy con­sump­tion re­main an im­por­tant and con­tentious topic. The Aus­tralian Govern­ment re­cently an­nounced a $36 mil­lion trial to help re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion dur­ing peak us­age times, whereby Aus­tralian house­holds will be paid when they vol­un­tar­ily agree to re­duce their elec­tric­ity us­age.

While there is now a real ‘dol­lar’ in­cen­tive for Aus­tralians to re­duce their en­ergy con­sump­tion and con­cern about the cur­rent cost of elec­tric­ity is as high as ever, an­other way to help keep the home cool over sum­mer lies in the win­dows.

Ac­cord­ing to Stegbar Win­dows and Doors, the type of win­dows and glass through­out the home can greatly con­trib­ute to the tem­per­a­ture in­side. “Win­dows and shad­ing are the most crit­i­cal el­e­ments, and up to al­most 90 per cent of heat gained can come through the win­dows in your home,” says Christine Evans, Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing at Stegbar. “When build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing, con­sider the glass as ad­vances in glass tech­nol­ogy mean that to­day’s glass is de­signed to be en­ergy ef­fi­cient to help re­duce power bills and in­crease the com­fort of your home.” glazed op­tions are avail­able.

There are three key glass im­prove­ments that will help to keep a home cooler to choose from:

1. Toned Glass

Toned glass acts like ‘sun­glasses’ against the glare and re­duces the heat en­ter­ing a home. Colours in­clude grey, bronze and green.

2. Low E Glass

This glass has a trans­par­ent Low Emis­siv­ity coat­ing that re­flects heat. For any­one se­ri­ous about good in­su­la­tion and en­ergy sav­ings, this is the best so­lu­tion to start. Lam­i­nated and sin­gle-

3. In­su­lated Glaz­ing Units

Com­monly known as ‘dou­ble-glaz­ing’, two pieces of glass are used with a gap in the mid­dle, which can be filled with air or gas to pro­vide the ul­ti­mate glaz­ing so­lu­tion. This is the cut­ting edge of glaz­ing and of­fers the op­ti­mum in ther­mal in­su­la­tion. Use with Low E glass for greater in­su­la­tion and toned glass for win­dows that face the sum­mer sun.

It’s also im­por­tant to select the right style of win­dow to max­imise ven­ti­la­tion and air flow. “Lou­vres al­low a breeze to flow through the home and they are ex­tremely pop­u­lar in trop­i­cal cli­mates like Queens­land and coastal ar­eas to let in the af­ter­noon ocean breeze,” says Ms Evans. “The beauty of lou­vres is that you can con­trol the strength of the breeze al­lowed through.”

Dou­ble hung win­dows can be opened from the top and bot­tom of the win­dow, which al­lows air to flow through a room. Bi­fold win­dows can be folded open to pro­vide a large open­ing area, while case­ment win­dows al­low for con­trol and di­vert breezes from dif­fer­ent direc­tions into the home.

Top Tips For Keep­ing A Home Cool In Sum­mer

In­stall mod­ern glass like Toned or Low E Glass to re­duce the amount of heat en­ter­ing. Select a win­dow style that will al­low greater air flow – lou­vres are a great op­tion for trop­i­cal cli­mates. Dur­ing the day, close blinds or cur­tains to keep the heat out and con­sider in­vest­ing in black­out cur­tains. In the early evening as tem­per­a­tures cool, open win­dows, blinds and heavy cur­tains to let the cool air in. Take ad­van­tage of pas­sive de­sign – ori­ent the home to take ad­van­tage of cool­ing breezes, in­vest in ef­fec­tive shad­ing like eaves and trees to re­duce sum­mer heat en­ter­ing the home.

For more in­for­ma­tion on en­ergy ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions for win­dows and doors speak to a Stegbar con­sul­tant, or talk to a builder or ar­chi­tect about how win­dows can be used ef­fec­tively in pas­sive home de­sign.

About Stegbar

Stegbar is recog­nised by ar­chi­tects, builders and home­own­ers as a lead­ing Aus­tralian man­u­fac­turer of qual­ity build­ing prod­ucts. With over 70 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing high crafted win­dows, doors, shower screens, splash­backs and wardrobes, Stegbar’s rep­u­ta­tion is built on its com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tive de­sign, out­stand­ing crafts­man­ship and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice.

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