Not only has heat claimed the lives of more Australians over the past 200 years than any other natural disaster, presenting a hot home to the market place can be a turn off to buyers! (Source: Pricewaterhouse Coopers report Protecting Human Health and Safety During Severe and Extreme Heat Events)
Here are seven tips to keep you cool and your home attractive to buyers:
Multiple windows/doors open in a room allows air to move freely. Rule number one is to be sure the temperature outside is cooler than the temperature inside.
If building, make cross ventilation work by choosing a design that opens the house to breezes.
Open opposite sides of your home, whether it’s doors or windows, to let that breeze go through it.
Insulation can have the potential to reduce the heat gain of a home by as much as 30 per cent and potentially reduce temperatures by more than five degrees.
SWITCH LIGHT BULBS
LED lighting uses more than 60 per cent less heat than traditional halogen globes and generate less heat.
LEDs can also mean more comfortable summer living.
The potential combined effect of all household appliances on household temperature can be considerable. Try making sure that not everything is on.
Shading windows, particularly with external blinds or shades, is one of the most effective steps people can take to stave off the summer heat.
Pedestal fans are a good alternative to airconditioners and an easy portable option. Ceiling fans are a different prospect because you need an electrician to install them.
But a ceiling fan might cost one or two cents an hour to run, whereas an airconditioner could be 35 or 40 cents an hour.’
Reflective coatings on windows are a cheaper alternative to external shading devices such as awnings and are best suited to east and west-facing windows, where the sun sits low in the sky.
TIPS FOR A DECENT SLEEP:
- Take a cool shower before bed to reduce your body temperature.
- Fill a hot-water bottle with cold water and use it to cool down.
- Ditch your doona for a sheet.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid exercising before bed; restrict exertion to the daytime.
- Try sleeping in a cooler room, if there’s a couch or spare bed.
Source Article Written By : Josh Jennings
www.domain.com.au (10 December 2011)