Hot tips to keep things cool in­doors


on­den­sa­tion drips from your wa­ter glass as the sun streams through your liv­ing room. The dodgy ceil­ing fan whirrs wildly above your head, but you’d sooner risk de­cap­i­ta­tion than en­dure an­other minute of this heat. Sum­mer is com­ing. But, you needn’t dread it. There are loads of ways you can pre­pare your home so that it stays cool in the days to come.

Rather than quick-fix so­lu­tions, such as portable fans and thick cur­tains, CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, Adrian Goslett, sug­gests that home­own­ers con­sider do­ing more per­ma­nent im­prove­ments to their home.

“In­stalling an air-con­di­tion­ing unit, hav­ing proper in­su­la­tion in­stalled in your ceil­ing, and in­stalling block-out blinds are some of the most ef­fec­tive ways of keep­ing your home cool dur­ing the sum­mer months. Yes, th­ese op­tions are more ex­pen­sive than pur­chas­ing a R100 fan at your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, but th­ese pur­chases will not be money wasted. Un­like most cheaper op­tions, th­ese so­lu­tions will make a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in the tem­per­a­ture of your home, as well as in­crease the re­sale value of your prop­erty should you ever de­cide to sell,” Goslett said.

How­ever, con­sid­er­ing our cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, he ac­knowl­edges that it might be more

Cuse­ful to sug­gest bud­get-friendly ways of keep­ing the tem­per­a­ture down in your home this sum­mer.

Utilise your Doors

Home­own­ers should care­fully con­sider the air-flow of their home. Smaller spa­ces heat up quicker, so leav­ing doors and win­dows open can al­low for cool air to flow through the home. In larger spa­ces, close the doors of ad­join­ing rooms so that the cold air is more con­cen­trated in the space in­stead of flow­ing into the un­oc­cu­pied rooms. This only works when the air out­side isn’t warm. On warmer days, keep your win­dows open in the evening (only if you live in a se­cure sub­urb or have bur­glar bars) so that the cool night air fills your home. Then, first thing the next morn­ing, make sure win­dows, doors, cur­tains and blinds are kept closed to trap the cool air in­side.

Cre­ate Shade Out­side your Win­dows

Plant large, shade-bear­ing trees out­side of the win­dows of the rooms in which you spend the most time. Al­ter­na­tively, you could in­stall awnings over th­ese win­dows to help pre­vent di­rect sun­light from stream­ing into your home.

Cook Out­doors

On par­tic­u­larly hot days, try and avoid us­ing your oven or stove as th­ese ra­di­ate heat and warm up any space when in use. On the up side, this cre­ates the best ex­cuse to hold more out­door braais.

Splurge on Sum­mer Bed­ding

While it is ob­vi­ous to ditch the woollen com­forter in favour of some silk sheets, it might be less ob­vi­ous to con­sider pur­chas­ing a Sum­mer pil­low. The buck­wheat pil­low is a trendy new home­own­ers item known for all kinds of sleep aid­ing ben­e­fits, one of which is that it is nat­u­rally cool and comes highly rec­om­mended for any­one who gets hot when they sleep. Might be worth try­ing if you’re re­ally strug­gling to cool down your bed­room.

As a fi­nal piece of ad­vice, Goslett sug­gests that, for those who have an ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with an es­tate agent, it might be worth giv­ing them a call to find out if they have any sug­ges­tions of rep­utable lo­cal sup­pli­ers who could in­stall air-con­di­tion­ing units, awnings, or any other of the above-men­tioned ren­o­va­tions.

As sub­urb ex­perts, good real es­tate agents of­ten have es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal busi­nesses and could even get you a re­fer­ral dis­count for work­ing through them, Goslett added.

KEY TIPS: It could be a hot sum­mer

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