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Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

  • 29 Jan 2018
  • Meg Georkas

It wouldn’t be summer in Armidale without a period of feeling like you are living in the seventh circle of hell, but when the thermometer hits the high 30’s, it doesn’t mean you should swelter in fear of a huge air conditioning bill. It’s time to learn some tricks that will help reduce the heat in home.

  1. Shut the Curtains – Close the Windows.

Keeping blinds curtains drawn and closing the windows, might seem counter-intuitive, but studies have shown covering your windows to block sunlight can have a big impact on how hot things get inside. When the temperature drops in the evening, open them back up for the cooler breezes overnight.

  1. Think Naturally

Summer is the time for natural fibres, such as cotton, linen and bamboo. These fabrics absorb sweat, breathe easily and will keep you cooler. Swapping out your bedding with some crisp new sheets and treat yourself to some fresh cotton pjs.

  1. Check your Ceiling fans

Did you know you can re-set your fan depending on the season? Most fans have a switch. For summer, adjust your ceiling fan settings so the blades run counter-clockwise, pulling hot air up and out instead of just twirling it around the room.

  1. Be Clever and Close Up

If you’re not using certain rooms in the house, close them off. This way, the cooler air you’ve been working so hard to maintain will stay in the areas you need it to, and not dissipate into hotter areas of the house. This is particularly important for the hottest part of the day, and when the cool evening air hits, open things up and let it flow.

  1. Switch off the Oven

I’m not sure who would actually think cooking a roast during a heatwave is a great idea, but nonetheless I feel compelled to point out using the stove or oven will very quickly heat up your space and make a hot day unbearable. Stick to salads and the outside BBQ.

  1. Switch to LED lights 

LEDs are not only energy efficient they also admit significantly less heat than iridescent bulbs. Double win. Realistically though, lights add heat, so the best thing to do is keep the lights off where you can.

  1. Invest in Insulation 

A longer-term solution (because this seems to happen every year) is to install bulk insulation with foil sheets. It will keep your house warm in winter and cool in summer while ceiling insulation can also cut your energy use by up to 45 percent, which basically pays for itself in the long run. 


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