Summer is just around the corner and that means we could be in for some warm temperatures here in Sydney. But it can be difficult to stay cool when the average humidity spikes to 65%; especially if you’re not a fan of air conditioning – which many people aren’t nowadays because of the associated expenses and impact on the environment.
Here are five tips to help you keep cool this summer without cranking up the air con:
1. Keep the Sun out
Okay, so while it’s going to be extremely difficult to shade your entire home with a huge umbrella, you can keep a lot of the sunshine out by closing curtains and blinds during the day. This is particularly appropriate if you aren’t going to be at home throughout the day.
2. Open and close windows
Open windows during the day can provide a nice breeze, but it’s important to remember to close them when the air outside is warmer than the air inside. Otherwise you’ll risk your home heating up when you really don’t want it to. Windows open at night allow the cool evening air to enter your home.
3. Limit household appliance use
Household appliances generate heat, which is why it’s a good idea to limit their use as much as possible during the summer months. The warmer temperatures make drying clothes outdoors much easier, so think twice before switching on that tumble dryer.
4. Heat rises
Remember that heat rises, so the upstairs areas of your house are likely to be hotter than the downstairs ones. Consider sleeping downstairs if you can and ensure upstairs areas have plenty of ventilation to allow heat to escape.
5. Enjoy your garden
Being outdoors is a great way to stay cool, but you need to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. A pagoda that has deciduous vines growing over it is a great way to shade a patio area. Perfect for those outdoor barbecue parties.
[Recommended read: 5 Benefits of Having an Outdoor Grill/Barbecue]