How to pre­pare your home for the sum­mer heat

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While Aus­tralian sum­mers are of­ten filled with bar­be­cues and swim­ming, they can also be filled with bush­fires and swel­ter­ing house tem­per­a­tures.

If you want to find out how to keep your cool in sum­mer – with­out nec­es­sar­ily need­ing an air­con­di­tioner – then read on for some of the best, eas­i­est and cheap­est ways to stop your home feel­ing like an oven dur­ing the hot sum­mer days.

Best ways to keep cool this sum­mer

You can af­fect the tem­per­a­ture of your home by keep­ing your north and west fac­ing win­dows shaded with per­go­las, awnings or de­cid­u­ous trees and vines. Re­flec­tive film coat­ings on your win­dows can also help to stop heat seep­ing in through the glass.

In­su­la­tion is an­other prime fac­tor to con­sider – you can cut en­ergy us­age in your home by 45 per cent just by en­sur­ing you have good ceil­ing in­su­la­tion.

It’s also a good idea to make use of fans in your home be­fore you switch on the air­con­di­tioner. Of­ten a fan will be all you need but if it’s not enough, then use yours in con­junc­tion with an air­con­di­tioner and you’ll find that the hot air in the room is moved around quickly and you shouldn’t need to keep the air­con­di­tioner run­ning all the time.

Cheap­est op­tions for stay­ing cool

If funds are tight, don’t de­spair, there are other tac­tics you can use to fight the heat that also save on elec­tric­ity and help the en­vi­ron­ment at the same time.

For ex­am­ple, you can lower the over­all tem­per­a­ture in your house by be­ing mind­ful of any­thing that cre­ates heat. In­stead of us­ing your oven in the kitchen opt for your mi­crowave in­stead; lower the ther­mo­stat on your hot wa­ter unit; use com­pact flu­o­res­cent bulbs rather than stan­dard in­can­des­cent op­tions; and turn off your com­puter, mon­i­tor, tele­vi­sion and other elec­tri­cal de­vices when they’re not in use.

You can also keep tem­per­a­tures down by en­sur­ing that you keep win­dows, cur­tains and blinds shut on hot days (thick block­out ma­te­rial is best) and then let air into the house at night when it’s cooler. If you have rooms in your home that are just al­ways hot then keep doors to th­ese ar­eas closed so that the heat doesn’t spread to the rest of the house.

Also en­sure that you use light bed­ding in­stead of thick sheets and blan­kets and stay cool by opt­ing for light, breath­able cloth­ing that will help your body to reg­u­late its own tem­per­a­ture.

Most ef­fec­tive ways to stay cool in sum­mer

Of course, if you would pre­fer the as­sis­tance of an air­con­di­tioner on those balmy af­ter­noons, make sure you choose a unit that has a good star rat­ing for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, and one that is the right size for the room(s) you wish to cool. Keep the out­side part of the unit shaded (with plants, for ex­am­ple) and clean the fil­ters reg­u­larly to help the air­con­di­tioner stay in top work­ing con­di­tion.

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