Summer time can be unbearably hot, especially here in Australia where the mercury can rise above 40 degrees on consecutive days. Have you had a chance to prepare your home for the warm months ahead? Get your house summer ready with these handy tips.
Install proper window shading – Keep the sun out by investing in proper shutters and shading inside and out. This will help keep the cool air in when you’re using your air conditioner. It’s pointless to have the air con on when the sun is baking the inside of your house.
Invest in a reliable air conditioner – When buying an air conditioner consider its energy efficiency, especially since the electricity bill is a big concern for many households. Make sure it has features that could improve the quality of air in your home. Buy one that suits your room size by measuring the length, width and height of your room. Most importantly, make sure it is designed for Australia’s harsh temperature extremes. If you already have an air conditioner, make sure it is maintained regularly. It pays to get these things checked! Imagine if it dies on you just when you need it most! If you’re renting, buy a portable air conditioner that can be carried around from house to house. There are plenty of options out there.
Consider house zoning – If you think cooling your entire house is a waste of energy, then try zoning. A Brivis zoning system, for example, provides the flexibility to cool up to four independent zones in your house – handy for when you’re in the lounge room, hubby’s in the office and the kids are in the rumpus room. A zone can be a single room or a designated set of rooms. The zoning system can detect how many zones you are currently operating and automatically adjust its output to match the requirement. This means if you only want certain parts of your home cooled, you can, while not wasting energy in areas you’re not using.
Add green inside your home – We all know plants produce oxygen, but adding plants inside will improve the quality of the air in your home. Aside from making the place pretty, it also brings the outdoors in. Try some hardy plants like succulents – ones that won’t be easy to kill, especially if you kill plants unintentionally like I do.
Most importantly, drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated during this time of the year!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Brivis.