Keep the heat at bay with our top energy-wise and earth-friendly tips
With soaring temperatures, keeping the heat out of your home and the cool air in is imperative. Here's how to manage the heat this summer
Stopping the heat from entering your home is much better than letting it in and then trying to cool your home down later. Close windows, doors, blinds and curtains first thing in the morning. Then, when the cool change hits later on it's time to open everything up and let the cool air in.
Open doors and windows in opposing corners of the room. The differences in air pressure mean cool air is sucked in, and heated air is forced out. Open skylights will also help the hot air to escape.
On the stickiest of summer days, cranking up the airconditioning is an easy fix. To keep running costs down, close doors and windows, and only operate the aircon in rooms you're in. Use the fan mode when it's not overly hot.
Shades of play
Choose sunscreen quality fabrics on windows to reflect heat and UV rays, and protect furniture from sun damage and fading. External shading, such as a sail cloth, verandah roof or a pergola with a rambling vine can reduce heat transfer through windows by up to 90 per cent.
Glazing your glass
Double-glazing can reduce heat transfer by up to 30 per cent compared to single-pane glass. For example, Low-E glass has a thin film on one side that reflects radiant heat from outside, helping to keep your home cool.
Fans create air movement which helps to keep us cool. Position ceiling fans in spots where you spend most of your time.
If renovating, position larger windows to face north or north-east. The higher angle of the sun will result in less heat transmission than the low-angle rays hitting an east-facing or west-facing window. Windows in opposite sides of the room will help to cross-ventilate too. Put insulation in your roof and create buffer zones outside. Strategically position water features, or a pool, to have an evaporative effect on hot air.
Sally PatersonAs an Interior Stylist, Writer and Co-founder of Sydney-based interiors studio, Heliconia, Sally’s workday is fuelled by caffeine and a fascination with how the space we’re in can enrich our lives. In her downtime, you’ll find her luxuriating in long lunches and lazy afternoons with friends and family, preferably seaside.