Summer is heating back up! But never fear, we’ve compiled some great tips to keep your home cool in these warm months.
Inside the Home:
- Keep blinds closed, especially on the North & West facing sides of the home during the heat of the day (12pm – 5pm). Investing in block-out curtains will also make a big difference, naturally insulating the rooms in which they’re installed, which can reduce heat gain by up to 33%!
- Adjust your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise in summer to push air straight down helping to create a cooling effect (and clockwise in winter to pull cool air up). Ceiling fans can also be used to assist other cooling methods, so check the fans rotate in the correct direction for the other air-conditioning you’re using.
- Fan’s are a very economical way to cool down, using between 2-4% of the energy of a small reverse cycle air conditioner. While on their own they don’t cool down the air, coupled with a spray bottle or strategically placed bowl of ice, you can cool yourself down at a fraction of the cost.
- Only cooling the room you’re in and closing off doors to other unused rooms improves the effectiveness of your air-conditioner and stops the heat from those rooms seeping through the rest of the house.
Outside the Home:
- Get grillin’! We’re sure you know, but using your oven or stovetop in the summer will make your house hotter. So break out the snags, grab your tongs & a cool drink and make use of your BBQ.
- Covering windows with awnings to protect from the sun or even strategically planting deciduous trees is a good option, because they give you shade in summer and sun in winter.
Over the winter period we tend to neglect our air-conditioners, but they require regular attention to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency. This will help you save money on energy, extend the lifespan of your unit and potentially save you money from having to replace the unit totally because of misuse/neglect. Here’s our 3 top tips on looking after your split system air-conditioner this summer:
- Clean your air filters according to your instruction manual. Dust can build up quickly in the filters of your air-conditioner (especially with all these dang dust storms lately!). But regularly cleaning your filters will keep the airflow consistent and the air quality clean inside your home.
- Keep the outside unit of your air-conditioner shaded from the sun (if possible) and keep the area around the back of the unit clean and clear of dirt, leaves, and debris.
- Get your air-conditioner serviced regularly by a qualified professional. There is some basic maintenance that you can look after but for the most part, you want a professional to do the job for you. A qualified expert will have the knowledge and expertise to maintain (and if necessary, diagnose any issues you may have), but they also have all of the correct tools to complete the job properly.