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5 style hacks to keep your house cool this summer

November 23, 2020 10:00 am by Upside

You might love the grandeur of stone fireplaces, velvet Chesterfield sofas and hearth rugs, but when Australian summer rolls around, you’ll be melting in the heat faster than a dropped ice block.

The good news is that there are a few simple style hacks you can try to keep your house cool in more ways than one during the balmy months. Your electricity bill will thank you for it, too.

1. Plant shade trees

Trees and plants are a fantastic way to block the heat from coming in through your windows. Plant strategically positioned trees and shrubs in garden beds or pots outside the windows that get the most direct sunlight during the day, and you’ll have natural shade cover for years to come.

Tip: If you want more natural sunlight during the cooler months, plant trees that lose their leaves during autumn and winter, like jacaranda, ash, birch, maple and robinia.

2. Invest in ceiling fans

Gone are the days when ceiling fans were the ugliest feature of a room. Today, there’s a big range of stylish fans on the market, including everything from Scandi-inspired wooden designs to sleek metallic outdoor styles. Keep you and your guests cool without detracting from the look and feel of a room by installing a matching energy-efficient fan.

Tip: Fans spinning counter-clockwise push hot air up, cooling you down. The opposite spin will do the reverse. So in winter, switch your fan to spin clockwise to push warmer air down.

3. Upgrade your curtains or window shades

Your windows are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to indoor heat during summer, and switching to high-quality curtains or purpose-designed window shades can make a major difference to the air temperature inside your home. Consider investing in heavy-backed blackout curtains or Hamptons-inspired plantation shutters for a look that’s fresh and functional.


Tip: If your budget allows, consider installing low-e glazing to your windows for added protection from the elements.

4. Plant a rooftop garden

Planting greenery on the roof acts as insulation for your home as the garden helps keep the air temperate inside your home. Throw your gardening gloves on, get your hands dirty over the weekend and you’ll have a great alfresco space for summer barbecues that helps keep your house cool to boot.

Tip: If you want a virtually maintenance-free green roof, look for plants that can sustain themselves with minimal care, like kangaroo paw, succulents, banksias and native daisies.

5. Revamp your bedding

Any excuse will do to invest in a fresh new quilt and sheet set, and summer calls for light, breathable fabrics to ensure a good night’s sleep. Look for linen or pure cotton sheets, and invest in a quality summer-weight blanket with a light cotton or silk fill.

Tip: Stick to light colours for your summer bedding, as they reflect rather than absorb heat.

If you’re planning on selling your home any time soon, talk to one of our agents about what you can do to boost your property value. Start your journey with a free, no-obligation property appraisal.


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