Summer heat will hit us in all of its glory soon and, if we are not prepared, ice-creams won’t be the only things melting under the sun. As fun as summer is, it brings with it the joint discomfort of the sun’s hottest rays, making us sweat and scramble to find somewhere chilly to rest.
Luckily, you can rest assured that you will have a less challenging experience this time around because we have simple hacks to keep your house cooler. Keep on reading, and you will have all the information you need for a cool and relaxing hot season. So let’s get started!
Why You Need to Keep Your House Cool
Aside from heat making it difficult to live in the house, it is crucial to keep it cool to protect the structure from weakening. Excessive heat can make several items in your house deteriorate, especially food. Hence, lowering the temperature inside can prevent the damage you’d otherwise face.
Simple Hacks to Keep Your House Cooler
Following are simple ways to add a slight chill to your house interior to make it safer and more comfortable.
- Replace Your Lights with LEDs
LED lights have been in the market for several years now, and it is high time we switch to them completely. Your regular light bulbs not only consume high levels of energy, but they also generate heat, adding to the temperature increase caused by the sun.
LED lights are energy-efficient and emit far less heat than regular bulbs, making them the ideal lighting source for your house.
- Get Table Fans
Table fans are fun to get the air flowing, especially on a windless, hot day. They are compact, portable, and can provide some much-needed relief against the heat. If you are looking for something with more power, you can always get a ceiling fan instead for air circulation.
However, if you are getting a ceiling fan, make sure it runs counter-clockwise during the summer. This arrangement makes it blow the air down instead of up, thus preventing the air from sucking up the heat from the ceiling.
- Install or Repair a Duct Air Conditioner
As helpful as fans are, they cannot replace the relief air conditioners bring, especially ducted air con. They have excellent temperature control and can efficiently cool a hot room within 5-7 minutes, depending on how powerful they are.
Living in Australia’s heat is nearly impossible with one of these installed inside the house. The only thing you’ll need to be careful of is the power and size. If you have a small apartment, the lower power air conditioner will work for you.
However, if you have a bigger space, make sure you get a bigger and more powerful option. Smaller ones will not be able to handle cooling bigger spaces and will break down as a result.
- Close the Blinds/Curtains
If you don’t have blinds or curtains already, get them installed and close them on the hotter days to keep sun rays out and get some shade inside the house. In such cases, the thicker the curtains are, the better because intense rays can permeate through the thinner fabric and heat the house.
Curtains and blinds are also effective at keeping UV rays out; hence, you have all the more reason to get them installed if you don’t already have them.
- Allow Cross-Ventilation
Keeping everything closed up can also cause heat to accumulate, so cross-ventilation can help keep the temperature down. Since the days are going to be hot, the best time to allow ventilation is at night.
Open your windows and the backdoor at night time, and let the cool air pass through and freshen up the atmosphere inside. Ventilation also helps remove the stale air; hence, you should not miss out on it.
- Close Room Doors
When you start up your air conditioner, make sure the room doors are closed, especially for no one is using them. Air cons already have a difficult job cooling the house during a hot day, and unused rooms with open doors can effortlessly zap up all the coolness if you’re not careful.
In short, while you may have plans to keep the heat out with ice and cool drinks, our simple hacks for keeping your house cooler will be far home effective for longer durations. The good news is that most of the solutions will be easy to manage, thus putting less pressure on you to get things done.
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