Secrets To Beating The Heat At Home This Summer
In Australia we know more than anyone how hot it can be throughout our summers, but how can you avoid feeling the brunt of summer without breaking the bank?
In this blog LEAP will let you in on the secrets that will help make your home the coolest on the block!
It is an obvious tip, however a lot of people don't realise how much of a difference ceiling fans can make. Did you know that even the slightest air circulation can make you feel up to 4 degrees cooler? When a fan is helping circulate the air it can make a room feel around 6 to 8 degrees cooler. They are also cheap to run - the average ceiling fan uses a similar amount of energy as a light bulb!
Windows & Doors
Installing shutters, blinds or curtains can reduce the heat in your house significantly - especially when they are light in colour, this helps reflect the heat away from the house. Closing them in rooms which have high sun exposure will help keep the heat out, and will also allow for air conditioners and fans to cool the house a lot quicker. If shutters, blinds or curtains are not an option, you can also consider putting a reflective film on your glass windows and doors.
Planting shrubs or trees to shade air conditioning units (without blocking the airflow) will cause the air conditioner to use less power. Believe it or not, planting just 3 trees in proper places around the house can save you between $100 and $250 a year in cooling costs? Daytime air temperatures tend to be 3 to 6 degrees cooler in tree-shaded neighourhoods.
Walls & Roof
Your roof and walls will absorb heat and make your house warmer than you know. So how do you avoid it? Try using white or reflective paint externally, especially on the roof - this will help keep the rooms in your home cooler.
Did you know that the main sources of internal heat gain are - electronic devices, appliances and lighting? If you are aware of where the heat is coming from then you can cool your home a lot quicker! Having lamps, televisions or heat-generating appliances next to your air-conditioning thermostat will make you air conditioner run longer - this is because the heat the appliances produce will make your air conditioner think that your home is warmer than what it is and will make your system run harder than it has to.
Follow some of these tips and tricks and your home will feel cooler in no time!
If you decide to take the plunge to modify your home to accommodate for summer then contact us today!