From con­sid­ered plan­ning or work­ing with what you’ve got, our ex­pert James Tre­ble shows us how to stay com­fort­able in your home year round.

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James Tre­ble gives ad­vice on home tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

WHEN IT COMES TO HEAT­ING AND COOL­ING your home there are many op­tions avail­able, de­pend­ing upon your bud­get, per­sonal needs and prop­erty type. There are many sim­ple, yet very ef­fec­tive and in­ex­pen­sive ideas to deal with the harsh sum­mer sun and cold win­ter nights with­out break­ing the bank. The per­fect so­lu­tion will al­low you to en­joy your home all year round, im­ple­ment­ing sim­ple and easy-to-adopt en­ergy-sav­ing ideas to re­duce your elec­tric­ity bills. Here are some op­tions worth con­sid­er­ing.


A lit­tle plan­ning and el­bow grease can go a long way to im­prov­ing the ef­fects of the sea­sons on your home.

Re­mov­ing drafts Make sure that all of your en­try door and win­dow seals are air­tight; most heat and cold air is trans­ferred though gaps un­der doors or around win­dows. By seal­ing win­dow frames and us­ing a door snake, you’ll save a bun­dle year round.

De­cid­u­ous tress and vines Plant­ing de­cid­u­ous trees on the west­ern side of your home will cre­ate shade and pre­vent the sun from heat­ing up your roof and walls in sum­mer. Dur­ing win­ter, when leaves have dropped, they will add much-needed warmth by al­low­ing the low win­ter sun to en­ter the house through the win­dows and heat things up dur­ing the day.

Awnings and eaves Awnings and deep eaves will pre­vent the sun from hit­ting your walls and heat­ing up your home in the mid­dle of the day. Eaves in par­tic­u­lar are im­por­tant to keep out the heat in Aus­tralian homes – they are par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive when in­stalled on the west­ern side of a build­ing.


One clever way to keep things in your home from be­ing af­fected by out­side tem­per­a­tures is with in­su­la­tion.

Win­dows In sum­mer, the heat comes in through win­dows, and in win­ter the house loses warm air through the glass. In­stalling cur­tains or roller blinds with a block-out layer will in­su­late win­dows and pre­vent UV rays from fad­ing floor­ing and fur­nish­ings.

House in­su­la­tion Proper in­su­la­tion can save you thou­sands of dol­lars in en­ergy bills. You’ll never see it, but you can def­i­nitely feel the ben­e­fits of good wall (espe­cially im­por­tant for west-fac­ing rooms) and ceil­ing in­su­la­tion.


Ceil­ing fans In­stall mod­els with a wide blade an­gled be­tween 12 to 14 de­grees – any­thing less won’t move the air much. In sum­mer, set­ting ceil­ing fans on high cre­ates the most breeze and cir­cu­lates the most air, push­ing cool air down into the cen­tre of the room, usu­ally in an an­ti­clock­wise di­rec­tion. In win­ter, fans with a re­verse switch, such as Clip­sal’s High Per­for­mance fans (Clip­, al­low you to re­verse the di­rec­tion of the blades to push warm air down.

A great tip is to use ceil­ing fans and the air­con unit at the same time. It al­lows you to turn your unit down but will keep the room just as cool.

Air­con­di­tion­ing I per­son­ally pre­fer try­ing to utilise other forms of heat­ing and cool­ing be­fore re­sort­ing to air­con­di­tion­ing, but it is a fea­ture of many homes nowa­days. Wall-mounted split sys­tems are ideal for ex­ist­ing homes while fully ducted ver­sions are usu­ally in­stalled in new homes. Both are quiet to run as the com­pres­sor is lo­cated out­side. In­verter sys­tems, while more ex­pen­sive, use far less en­ergy than a stan­dard re­verse-air sys­tem, which runs flat out when­ever it’s on, sav­ing you money over time.

By com­bin­ing some of the meth­ods out­lined here, you should be able to save on run­ning costs, and help out the en­vi­ron­ment at the same time.

“Make sure all your en­try door and win­dow seals are air­tight.”

Hot air Fans aren’t just for the sum­mer months, they can be used to move warm air in win­ter too.

Big fan

Set you fan on high in sum­mer and on low in win­ter for max­i­mum ef­fect.

IN THE SHADE Gum­mer­son Rylee roller blind in Stone, from $69.99 for 60cm x 2.1m, from Spot­light.

BLOW IN Moonah fan (1.22m) in Black, $139, from Bea­con Light­ing.

COOL CUS­TOMER S09AWN-14 re­verse cy­cle split sys­tem, $1149, from LG.

In the eaves Awnings and eaves can do a lot to shade your home in sum­mer while let­ting in win­ter sun.

Stop the draught Don’t let cold air blow in through gaps in win­dows and doors.

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