KEEP YOUR COOL THIS SUM­MER

GET SMART TO BEAT THE HEAT WITHOUT BIG EN­ERGY BILLS

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

This sum­mer is pre­dicted to be a scorcher so it’s a good idea to pre­pare your home now to en­sure you don’t lose your cool in the peak of sum­mer. Thank­fully there is now an ever-widen­ing range of stylish so­lu­tions that can re­ally help you keep the tem­per­a­ture down in all ar­eas of your home, in­clud­ing your gar­den.

Over­head fans are one of the most eco­nom­i­cal and ef­fec­tive ways to cool down a liv­ing space or bed­room, es­pe­cially if there is lit­tle cross ven­ti­la­tion or few win­dows. There are also new-gen­er­a­tion pedestal and desk fans that not only tech­ni­cally out-per­form their pre­de­ces­sors; they can also be very at­trac­tive. Be­ing fans they are also go­ing to be more mo­bile, more con­ve­nient and will chew up a lot less power than air-con­di­tion­ing.

If par­tic­u­lar rooms in your home get a lot of un­wel­come sun, con­sider putting canopies, awnings or some other type of ap­pro­pri­ate shading over the win­dows. Canopies and win­dow screens are now avail­able in high-per­form­ing long-last­ing ma­te­ri­als that are ex­tremely ef­fec­tive.

If you have a lot of ar­eas around your gar­den or pool that are not suf­fi­ciently shaded, you can plant es­tab­lished trees to cre­ate at­trac­tive and nat­u­ral shade. Al­ter­na­tively use large stylish, sum­mer um­brel­las or any of the lat­est shading so­lu­tions avail­able, in­clud­ing tem­po­rary gaze­bos.

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