Most people wait impatiently for the first signs of summer to appear. The idea of warmth and being able to get outside again is enticing.
In fact sunshine is a rich source of vitamin D which is essential for protecting your bones, teeth and defending against a variety of diseases. It also makes you feel more positive!
But, the sun does also bring heat which can become unbearable. The problem is that your house will also be warming up; leaving you with no refuge!
Fortunately, there are several ways in which you can keep your house cool in summer. It’s important to note that air conditioning is generally an expensive option. This is why 62% of Australians no longer use it!
The following ways to keep your house cool in summer do not require air conditioning units:
This may seem like an extreme option; it is certainly not the cheapest. But, it is cost effective over several years and surprisingly effective.
There is a range of cladding options; but they are all designed to protect your home. In the process they will bounce back sunlight; helping to keep your house cool in the summer.
Of course in the winter this is a great way of insulating your home; helping to keep the heat inside!
If you’ve ever looked at houses in a country with warm summers then you’ll notice they tend to have blinds or shutters. There is a good reason for this.
Current estimates suggest you can reduce the heat entering your hoe by as much as 30%; effectively lowering the temperature in your home by as much as 20°!
You can take this a step further by using blackout curtains!
Make Ice Wind
You can position a fan near a window to draw air into your home. The movement of air will help to cool the house.
But, you should take this a step further by placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan. The fan will blow across the ice creating a cooling mist.
Windows & Doors
Leaving a window and a door on opposite sides of the house open will allow a breeze to flow through the home. This is natural ventilation.
But, be sure to have nets over the open doors or windows; you don’t want your hoe full of bugs!
It is important to take this a step further and allow the night air in to cool your home. Of course you’ll need to be aware of security as well as keeping the bugs out.
Move Your Bed
Heat rises which makes your upstairs bedroom one of the hottest places in the property. You can get round this by sleeping downstairs during the hottest part of the summer.
This will help you to get a good night’s sleep which is very important!
Change Your Lighting
If you use incandescent bulbs then you’ll quickly realize how much heat they give off. You can reduce this and help to keep your house cool by swapping them for CFLs.
It will also reduce your electricity costs!
Finally, it is important to avoid cooking inside if you can. Get your grill out and start using the outside space you have available. This will prevent the heat from building up in your home.