29 Nov 2010
The temperatures in Everton Park are bound to heat up soon now that summer is just about here, so this week I thought I should give some advice on how to keep your home cool.
Air-conditioning is obviously a popular option for keeping homes cool in Brisbane; however they can be expensive, so here are some cheaper ideas:
Fans – If you own your home installing ceiling fans in your most commonly used rooms will definitely help make your home feel cooler. If you rent however pedestal fans are also a good option, however it won’t have much impact on you unless it is directly facing you.
Light Colours – Light coloured paints, curtains and blinds and furnishings can all help to make your home cooler by reflecting the heat away (why do you think there are so many white Queenslanders in Brisbane?).
Insulation – Installing insulation in the roof and walls (if building) of your house will help keep the heat out.
Cover the windows – If the sun gets into your home it will make the place a lot warmer, so try and block it out by closing your windows and blinds during the day, and possibly even putting awnings on the outside.
Plant trees – Trees and foliage around your home act like insulation and help shade your home and keep it cool.
Double Glazing – Double glazing windows can help keep rooms cooler in summer, and also helps homes keep warmer in the colder months.
If you take all of the above steps then you should notice a big difference in the temperature of your home and hopefully you will have a cooler and more comfortable summer.