The temperatures are picking up as Australia quickly descends into the full heat of summer. Don’t worry though, there are ways to keep your home cool that are both good for the environment and your energy bill.
In this article, we’re going to lend you some of our top tips for surviving the heat indoors.
Watch that air conditioning
If you’ve got an air conditioning unit, do your best to keep it between 24-25C. Although it might be tempting to lower the temperature on those hotter days, every extra degree is money on your bill at the end of the month.
You should also make sure you’re getting the most out of your unit. If the filters are dirty, less air will be travelling through the system. It will, however, still be working just as hard. Clean the filters regularly to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.
To maximise the effectiveness of your air conditioning unit, you should carefully close all of the windows and doors in the area where it’s working. Even pulling down blinds will help it to get the job done more efficiently. Turn it off when you’re not home and in the evenings, open windows on either side of the house and make the most of the cross flow of cold air.
Manage those pesky draughts
If you can seal off your doors, you’ll be able to work to keep cooled rooms at the same temperature for longer.
If you don’t have any, you can easily pick up draught-stoppers at your local home store or supermarket. They’re one of the most cost-effective things you can do to save energy, so it’s well-worth pursuing.
Think about windows
If you haven’t got your windows covered within your house, you’re going to quickly lose energy. By installing curtains with pelmets to your windows, you’ll be able to keep the vast majority of your heat on the outside.
You can also invest in window film, which will work to prevent heat transfer from outside to inside and vice versa. It’s far cheaper than double-glazing and will quickly pay for itself.
Work on your insulation
Take a look at the insulation you have within your roof. If it’s lacking, it might be time to get it re-done. Whether you set it as a DIY project for the New Year yourself or pay for a professional to come and do it, it can seriously help you to chip away at that energy bill. After it’s done, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in your comfort levels, too.