24 November 2015

Five ways to prepare your home for the summer heat

Summer is fast approaching, and with it those long, hot days. While it’s tempting to leave everything in the hands of your home’s air conditioning system, cooling systems can only do so much. There are further preventative steps to take to keep your home as cool as possible when the inevitable heat wave sets in.

1. Divide your home into zones

Although we all love the airy look of spacious open plan living, doors can be effective in controlling the flow of air throughout your house to keep temperatures down. By strategically closing off rooms, you can divide your home into smaller zones, allowing you to more easily manage temperatures and airflow. After all, if you’re using fans or an air conditioner, it makes sense to only cool the areas of your home that are actively being used.

2. Change your appliance habits

Avoid using heat-generating appliances during the hottest parts of the day to keep your home’s temperature levels in check. Better still, rethink the need to use these appliances altogether. Hang out your washing rather than using the dryer, for example. Switch off televisions and computers when they’re not in use, and prepare meals that don’t require the use of the oven or multiple stovetop burners. If you have a hankering for a hot meal, fire up the barbecue outside.

3. Open your windows

The mercury often dips significantly when evening hits, so take advantage of this drop in temperature by opening your windows – and keeping them open overnight. Open the windows on both sides of your home to create cross-ventilation. This will help with airflow throughout the building, reducing humidity and preventing the growth of mould.

4. Be smart about your window coverings

Windows are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to letting heat into your home. Protective eaves are one way of helping deflect the sun’s determined rays, but a simpler solution is to install blockout blinds. Attractive and efficient, blockout blinds play an important role in preventing solar heat gain and keeping your home cooler for longer – and can help you cut back on those air conditioning bills.

5. Go green with plants

Planting trees and shrubs in your yard is a great way to keep your home cool.
Large trees can create shady canopies that protect your home in summer, while vines and creepers can be trained around windows or along trellises to create an insulating effect. Shrubs and bushes planted below windows can also help absorb the heat of the sun.

These steps can all be implemented easily and cost effectively – letting you enjoy the sunny days ahead from the comfort of a home that is, in a word, comfortable.

Tags: Home Design