Cool yourself and your house down without blasting the aircon.
While it’s easy enough to cool ourselves down with a quick dip or a cold shower when the weather warms up, but it’s hard to know how to keep our houses cool without ending up with an eye-watering electricity bill from leaving the aircon on for a little too long – that’s if you have aircon at all!
If you don’t have air conditioning or you’re simply looking to cool your home without blowing the budget on bills, you’ll be pleased know there are plenty of other ways to keep the heat out this summer.
Here are top five tips to sustainably keep your house cool this summer.
1. KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CLOSED
The right window treatments will help block the heat as well as reduce your energy costs. Although it’s natural to want to open doors and windows to let the ‘fresh’ air in, especially first thing in the morning, but it’s most likely that the outdoor temperature is going to be warmer than indoors by mid-morning. It’s best to close the doors and windows and keep that cooler air inside. If the temperature is due to drop overnight, throw your windows open before you go to bed and allow the cooler breeze in.
2. CLOSE YOUR BLINDS OR CURTAINS
According to Family Handyman, up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. So if your windows get direct sun, shut the blinds or curtains to prevent the heat from the sun warming the air inside the house.
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3. COOL YOUR ROOF CAVITY
Did you know that your home’s roof cavity can reach up to 70 degrees Celsius on a hot summer’s day? That’s hot enough to fry an egg! And the worst thing is it’s the leading cause of heating up your home. Cool your roof cavity with a roof ventilation system.
4. COUNTER-CLOCKWISE FANS
In summer, the cooling wind chill effect from a ceiling fan on your skin can make a room feel up to 8 degrees colder and reduce air conditioning bills by 40%. However to be effective, you need to ensure your fan is rotating counter-clockwise to pull the hot air up away from you and push the cool air downwards.
5. DITCH THE INCANDESCENT LIGHTS
If you still have any incandescent light bulbs in your home, now is the time to get rid of them. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, so replacing them will make a small difference in cooling your home while lowering your electricity bill.
HOME HACKS TO KEEP COOL
- Hang a damp sheet in front of an open window. The breeze will pass through the window and sheet, blowing cooler air into the room.
- You can simulate an ocean breeze by setting a large fan in front of a bowl full of ice – position it so that the air whips off the ice, blowing out a nice cool breeze.
- Lightweight cotton is a summer essential. For PJ’s think loose soft cotton shirt, shorts and underwear (or sleep au natural).