Australians love to get outdoors in summer, dipping in and out of the pool and surrounding the barbeque. However, there are days when the summer heat is just too much, and you want nothing more than to relax inside with the air conditioner on. Here are some tips and ways to keep your home cool in summer so you can save money on cooling!
1. INSTALL RETRACTABLE SCREENS
Opening your windows and doors during the day can create excellent airflow to cool your home in summer. Unfortunately, there are plenty of insects and bugs buzzing about during this season. Retractable screens or blinds are a fantastic way to keep the insects out while still letting air flow throughout your home. At Freedom Screens, our retractable screens offer the perfect fusion of style and cutting-edge technology with screens that are engineered to last.
2. COOK OUTDOORS
Many people opt for fresh dishes and lighter meals in summer. However, if you want to cook up a feast, it is best to cook outdoors if you can. Use the barbeque for grilling instead of using the stove indoors. Using the oven or stove indoors will drastically increase the temperature inside your home.
3. USE YOUR CEILING FANS
Did you know that you can probably adjust your ceiling fan? Ceiling fans can spin either clockwise or counterclockwise. If you can, set your fan to spin counterclockwise to bring the hot air upwards and away from you, circulating the cool air down low.
4. CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Old-school incandescent light bulbs produce light through heat. In fact, they use 90 percent of their energy for heat. That doesn’t bode well for homeowners who want to stay cool during the summer months.
The simple solution: switch to fluorescent light bulbs or fluorescent linear tubes. These use up just 30 percent of their energy levels for heat. Using these alternatives should diminish the heat inside your home.
5. SWAP YOUR BEDDING TO COTTON
For your bedding and pyjamas, it is best to choose those made of cotton in summer. Cotton is a very breathable and cool material, perfect for summer nights.
6. CLOSE OFF ROOMS THAT AREN’T IN USE
If you are using your air conditioner, you want the air to cool the places that are in use. Close off rooms that you aren’t using as much to keep the cool air where you need it.
It can be tough to keep cool during summer in Australia. If you are looking for retractable fly screens or blinds for your home, get in contact with your local distributor today.