With another sweaty Australian summer upon us, keep your home cool with our stylish and practical solutions that are good for your wallet and the environment as well.
Natural bed linen
Natural fibres will increase your chances of getting a better night’s sleep, especially during a heatwave. Linen, cotton and bamboo are all ideal, as they allow your body to breathe and regulate its temperature. Avoid anything synthetic and if you sleep with a heavy doona in winter, it may be time to swap to a lightweight version for summer.
Air conditioning is by far the most effective way to stay cool day and night. If you don’t have air conditioning, now is probably the best time to look at installing an energy-saving unit. Regularly cleaning and servicing your air conditioning system will help it run more efficiently, reducing your energy bills in the process. When using, remember to close doors so you’re only cooling the rooms that you need.
Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer. The simplest way to beat the heat is to close your curtains and blinds during the day. Glazing or tinting your windows is another option, or installing outdoor awnings or roller shutters.
That’s right, growing indoor plants will help keep your home cool. Stylish, affordable and environmentally friendly, they absorb warm air and release oxygen and cool moisture via the transpiration process. Some will even purify the air! Tall, large-leafed varieties are your best bet, so consider Snake Plants, Monstera or Fiddle Leaf Figs.
Replace your light globes with LEDs. They emit less heat, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than iridescent bulbs. Lighting is warming, so the best thing to do is keep lights turned off where you can.