Now the Melbourne Cup has been run and won, we are well and truly on the way to another Australian summer. The early predictions are that this summer is going to be an especially hot one, so here are some simple tips for keeping you, your family and especially your home cooler this summer.
It’s a good idea to visit the local appliance store now if you are thinking of buying a fan or portable cooler. Once the first day of real heat hits there’s always a rush on these kinds of appliances. Likewise, while you are thinking of the summer, pick up light bulbs that are low wattage or LED – these help keep any extra heat out of your home. The other sensible purchase, especially given what our politicians are discussing regarding electricity supply, is a surge protector. Make sure any power board you intend to use has this protection inbuilt; this will help to make sure your home’s electrical system isn’t overwhelmed by all the extra fans or time running the air conditioner.
While on the subject of air conditioners, it’s a great idea to be moderate in the use of this appliance. Don’t set it too low – on a 40°+ day 23° is still considerably cooler. If you are not at home, turn the air conditioner off or if it’s on a timer only set it to go on a few minutes before you get home.
Running other appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines overnight also helps to ensure you are not overloading the electrical system. It is also a good idea to turn lights and fans off when you leave a room.
When night falls and it is cooler, open windows to let that cool air into the house, then close them in the morning to keep the cool air trapped. Blinds that are east and west facing should be kept closed; this will help prevent the home heating up through exposure to direct sunlight.
If you have synthetic sheets, consider swapping so that there are cotton sheets on all the beds. Cotton breaths much more effectively that synthetic.
While not about keeping the house cooler, these additional tips help make summer more comfortable in your home.
Once the warmer temperatures arrive, the wet areas in your home will be more susceptible to mold, which loves the warmer weather. Ensure that bathrooms and kitchens stay well ventilated.
The Australian summer is also the time when all the bugs come out to play – especially the flies! Make sure food remains in the refrigerator or is tightly covered.