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How Do I Prepare My Home for the Summer Heat?
November 26, 2013
Best ways to keep cool this summer
If you want to find out how to keep your cool in summer – without necessarily needing an air conditioner – 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.
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 air conditioner. Often a fan will be all you need, but if not, then use yours in conjunction with an air conditioner and you’ll find that the hot air in the room is moved around quickly and you shouldn’t need to keep the air con running.
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, TV 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 block-out 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 air-conditioner 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 air conditioner stay in top working condition.
This article was written by Mortgage Choice, who does not charge for their service and are committed to providing peace of mind to all kinds of borrowers by helping them obtain and manage a home loan.