1. Air conditioning
While turning on the air con is the simplest way to keep cool in summer, it comes with a few downsides.
Continuously running your air conditioning gets expensive! There’s nothing wrong with having it on when you need it, but for the days that are still warm but aren’t extremely hot, there are different cooling off methods you can use instead, to help reduce your power bill.
Setting a timer is an easy way to reduce your air con usage. When using it, make sure your blinds are down and windows are closed, to allow the cool air to stay in the room longer, meaning you don’t need the air con on for as long.
Using a pedestal or desk fans is a simple way to get some cool air blowing your way. These methods don’t consume nearly as much power and are still effective at keeping you cool.
If you’re wanting to make these substitutions, head to the shops early before everyone catches on and stock up on the number of fans you need.
2. Heat blocking indoor blinds
To make sure you can stay comfortable indoors this summer without blasting the air con all day, heat blocking blinds are your solution.
Our range of heat blocking blinds are affordable and can easily be installed yourself.
Here are some of the top blind options that are great at keeping your home cool.
Double Roller blinds
One blind option to help keep your home cool is Double Roller blinds. These blinds are made up of two rolls of fabric, providing double the sun protection and cooling. Made with both blockout and sunscreen fabric, they are effective at reducing the incoming sunlight and the strength of the light.
Aluminium Venetian blinds
Aluminium Venetian blinds are one of the most versatile types of blinds. Not only do they help regulate the temperature in your home, they also are water-resistant and non-corrosive.
When these blinds are closed, they keep your home cool and prevent the incoming heat from warming up your room.
These blinds can be installed anywhere in your home and are a functional choice.
Roman blinds with blockout fabric
For a more stylish blind, consider Roman blinds. These blinds are made of fabric panels and will fit any home décor due to their many customisation options.
While standard fabric will help to reduce the amount of heat entering your home, choosing Roman blinds with the blockout fabric option increases the amount of sunlight that’s blocked, therefore keeping your space cooler for longer.
Insulation is one of the most effective ways to regulate the temperature in your home to keep cool in summer.
This is where batts of different materials are installed into the panels of your roof, in your walls and under your flooring, to create a barrier between the internal and external temperatures.
Unfortunately, if you’re not in the process of doing a major renovation on your home, adding in more insulation may not be able to be done properly.
Luckily, there are some alternative ways to insulate and keep you cool when those extreme temperature days arrive.
One way you can insulate your home, is by finding and closing off any cracks, crevices, or drafts around your house. This minimises the number of places cool air can escape from. When your air con is on, the cool air can’t escape.
Another insulation alternative is double glazed windows.
These windows are made with two panes of glass and a small gap in the middle, which helps to maintain the temperature in your home, as the outside temperature can’t transfer through.
4. Outdoor awnings
Outdoor awnings are a great way to keep you cool in summer!
There are two types of awnings you can choose from; Automatic awnings and Folding Arm awnings.
Automatic awnings are fixed to the exterior of your window. These awnings help to regulate the temperature within your home by reflecting the sunlight off the fabric and away from your windows.
Folding Arm awnings
Folding Arm awnings are a way you can create a shaded area in your backyard or on a balcony as they extend out from your roof. These awnings feature retractable blinds that can extend out to 3 metres over your patio, pool, or alfresco area to protect you from the harsh Australian sun.
Playing outside or going for a swim is a great part of summer, but it’s important to keep cool and play in shaded areas to avoid dehydration as well as to protect your skin.
5. Create an enclosed outdoor area
While a big part of summer is enjoying time outdoors and entertaining, sometimes the heat can be too much to cope with.
One way you can reduce the impact of the heat and keep cool, is by creating an enclosed outdoor area using Windmaster blinds.
Windmaster blinds are specially designed to withstand strong winds and can provide your area with ground to roof protection. They also help to regulate the temperature of your area, and with a patio fan, you’ll be able to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.
Another benefit of choosing Windmaster blinds is that they keep out any unwanted insects or bugs from crashing your party. No more swatting away insects from the food while you’re trying to eat!
6. Outdoor paddling pools
If you don’t have an outdoor pool in your backyard and like to play in the water, why not find an above ground pool, or simply just a paddling pool.
Playing in the water is a great way for kids and pets to cool off when it’s warm, and this is a cost effective way for them to do so and have fun at the same time.
If you’re going down this route, make sure you can either pack it away after each use or it can be locked away. You don’t want kids or pets playing in the water unsupervised.
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