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7 ways to keep your house cool and comfortable this summer

Keeping your house at a reasonable temperature can sometime seem impossible with all of the heat waves that batter Melbourne from November to February, but there are many ways to keep your house at a reasonable temperature without boosting your electricity bills through the roof.

The airflow through your house can make an impressive difference, as can timing the opening and closing of your windows, but neither has as big an impact as blackout curtains. All these points and more are explored in this article, which has been created for the express purpose of exploring ways to keep your house cool and comfortable this season.

1. Air conditioning

The first and most obvious of the suggestions is air conditioning. Air con is fairly expensive to run, but very effective at cooling the air down to an appropriate temperature for relaxing.

Downsides include having to keep the house closed up, using up lots of power, and having to maintain your air condition unit. The upside is the air that comes through at almost any temperature you might want, which is hard to pass up.

2. Air flow

Controlling the airflow in your home to make it more breezy is another way to beat the heat, but it requires a little more “home engineering” than many of the other ways. Find a spot on the outside of your house that is regularly mostly covered in shade, then direct airflow from the closest window to that throughout the house.

The cooled air can help lower the temperature of your house a little. It’s not as good as some solutions, but it’s better than nothing. 

3. Curtains  

Curtains are great at deflecting heat usually transferred through windows, especially blackout curtains. Heavy, thick curtains with a white or reflective material on the window side of the fabric can entirely stop heat and light from coming in through any given window.

This makes them ideal as preventative measures for climate control. Simply draw the curtains in the morning and the house stays cool during the day.

4. Shutters

Shutters are a good way to utilize the same effectiveness as blackout curtains without having to change your indoor curtains to keep the heat out. Having roller shutters or wooden shutters on the outside of your windows provides a physical barrier to keep the heat out. Plus, the body of the shutter can absorb the heat from the sunlight and keep it on the outside of the glass, ensuring you stay cool inside.

5. Window timing

Timing it so that you throw open all of your windows after dark and keep them closed during the day is an easy way to get your house to cool down once it’s warmed up. The outside world loses it’s heat in more situations about an hour after sundown, especially on a clear night. This means that cooler air can move through your home via your open windows. Just remember to shut them all as soon as you wake up in the morning, or your house can heat back up again.

6. Evaporative cooling

Evaporative cooling is a newer system of air conditioning that works by taking in warm air from outside and passing it over cold liquids in sponges to cool it down and then pumping it back into the house. This means that you open all doors and windows to let the air flow enter and exit the house constantly, leaving you with a cooler, albeit more humid, home. 

7. Floating floors 

This is more in need of a bit of planning than a post-construction kind of solution, but floating floors can help to dispel heat in the summer as well as cold in the winter by elevating you up off the concrete slab the house is placed on. Either wooden floorboards or carpet, an elevated floor gives you a degree of separation from the foundations of your home, stabilising the temperature beneath your feet.

With these hints, you can finally start to cool your home down in this long, hot summer ahead. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated on these sweltering days.

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