Transform your home into a cool oasis as the temperature rises
Keep your home cool with these five strategies
Switching on the air conditioner is an easy way to take refuge from the blistering heat, but one look at your power bill after a long, hot summer may force you to consider alternative ways to keep cool.
Every house is different, so there isn’t a single one-size-fits-all solution.
Look around your place with the following strategies in mind and you may better understand where heat is entering your home and adopt ways to help reduce the problem.
1. Create cross-ventilation
Make the most of air circulation by opening up windows on either side of the house. This creates a cross breeze that drastically reduces heat build-up and brings in the fresh air.
2. Add extra shade
Install awnings or shadesails, or hang shadecloth to prevent direct sunlight from entering the house, helping to keep it cool. Plant deciduous trees near the house, or a vine to grow over a pergola, so you can take advantage of the shade in summer and sunlight in winter.
3. Tint the windows
While glass absorbs heat, window tinting helps block thermal radiation, which is responsible for increased temperatures inside the home. Tinting is a DIY job that involves attaching a film to the surface of the glass, allowing you to enjoy large windows without excessive heat. In winter, this insulation will also reduce heat loss from inside the house. If installing new windows, choose double glazing for extra protection.
4. Use blockout blinds
Keeping the house dark during daylight hours helps keep out the heat. Opaque interior or exterior blinds can be easily installed to restrict the amount of light entering the house.
5. Install ceiling fans
Circulating the air in the house using fans may be enough to keep you cool, restricting air conditioner use to when it’s absolutely necessary. Using heat-minimisation strategies before turning on the air conditioner will reduce your power bill, as the unit won’t need to work as hard.