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Hot isn’t it? 5 easy tips to keep your house cooler next week

By AlexanderWatson - 17 January 2014 49

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Every year around this time, Canberra gets its annual heat wave and the mercury hits around 40 degrees. Its something of a blessing in disguise to be able to go back to work, and the refuge of an air conditioned office only to dread going home to your sauna-like house. There are a few easy steps to make it more bearable.

Here’s Alexander Watson’s top 5 tips that you can do this weekend to keep your house cooler next week.

    1. Seal up gaps around windows, doors, exhaust fans and downlights. Stopping air leakage in summer keeps the warm air out for longer and helps refrigerated air conditioners work more effectively. Draft sealing tape and door attachments can be found at your hardware store relatively cheaply. Around $50

    2. Shut your home up during the day and open it up at night to flush out the heat. Unless you have evaporative cooling, remember to turn off your air conditioner once you start opening windows and doors. You cannot afford to cool the ambient temperature of Canberra with your reverse cycle system.

    3. Use shade sails and external blinds wherever possible, particularly on western facing walls and windows. Stopping the heat before it enters your home is much more effective that trying to deal with it once it has entered your home.

    4. Install roof ventilators to get rid of the hot air in your roof and take the pressure off your insulation. The cooler you can get your roof space the cooler your home will be. They’re easily installed if you’re a bit handy and can be picked up from your local hardware store for around $150 or get one installed through a company like us for $250.

    5. Arrange a thermal imaging analysis to identify exactly where heat is entering your home. Thermal imaging will pick up gaps in insulation, windows and any other areas that radiate excess heat. Ensuring that you have adequate ceiling and wall insulation without ANY gaps. Canberra homes should have R5 ceiling and at least R2 wall insulation. A 5% gap gives a 50% reduction in insulation performance! A quick look in your roof will tell you if it can be fixed. Look for gaps in insulation

    Alexander Watson specialises in energy efficiency audits and upgrades for existing buildings. They’re also locally owned and operated.

    This month only, Alexander Watson are offering free home energy assessments with thermal imaging (normally valued at $99).

    Thermal imaging cameras seek out hot spots caused by missing insulation and air leakage behind your home’s walls, ceilings, ducts and plumbing. This causes your home to leak heat while you waste money and energy on more heating and cooling.

    Contact Alexander Watson on 6100 3645 to book a free home energy assessment with thermal imaging analysis today.

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49 Responses to
Hot isn’t it? 5 easy tips to keep your house cooler next week
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Holden Caulfield 2:29 pm
17 Jan 14
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6. Do nothing. The forecast temps next week are in the mid-20s.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:02 pm
17 Jan 14
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CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!

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Jivrashia 3:38 pm
17 Jan 14
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Alexander Watson specialises in energy efficiency audits and upgrades for existing buildings.

All I need is a curtain awning…

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Solidarity 3:45 pm
17 Jan 14
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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!

source?

also, please comment on whether climate change is, or is not, in fact, a pos?

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davo101 4:29 pm
17 Jan 14
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Solidarity said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!

source?

Doesn’t need a source. Crap can mean worthless nonsense or unpleasant, so the statement is true one way or the other.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:19 pm
17 Jan 14
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davo101 said :

Solidarity said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

CLIMATE CHANGE IS CRAP!

source?

Doesn’t need a source. Crap can mean worthless nonsense or unpleasant, so the statement is true one way or the other.

😀

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justsomeaussie 5:28 pm
17 Jan 14
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During last years heat wave due to a builders mistake we were left with a large east facing window with no protection other than an internal blind. A simple option was to wet some tin foil and stick to the glass and just keep the blind closed. The drop in temperature was significant and worth waiting out till the builder sorted out the problem.

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Proboscus 6:16 pm
17 Jan 14
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Holden Caulfield said :

6. Do nothing. The forecast temps next week are in the mid-20s.

7. Put air-con onto 18 deg. celsius and kick back in front of the cricket, tennis or unwatched downloaded porn.

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poetix 6:24 pm
17 Jan 14
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Yes, OP, now that you have asked the question, I agree that it is indeed a little warm.

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shauno 6:30 pm
17 Jan 14
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Proboscus said :

Holden Caulfield said :

6. Do nothing. The forecast temps next week are in the mid-20s.

7. Put air-con onto 18 deg. celsius and kick back in front of the cricket, tennis or unwatched downloaded porn.

Yep its what I do and my solar panels still make around double what I use even with aircon on 24 hours a day lol Ive got my place around 21c.

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maxblues 6:38 pm
17 Jan 14
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Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

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Roundhead89 8:09 pm
17 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

I can remember New Year’s Day 2004 it was around 44 degrees. And the day of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria in 2009 the Multicultural Festival was on here and I decided not to go because they were predicting 43.

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arescarti42 8:31 pm
17 Jan 14
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justsomeaussie said :

During last years heat wave due to a builders mistake we were left with a large east facing window with no protection other than an internal blind. A simple option was to wet some tin foil and stick to the glass and just keep the blind closed. The drop in temperature was significant and worth waiting out till the builder sorted out the problem.

I highly recommend using emergency space blankets in place of tin foil, they cover a much large area and stick more easily than tin foil.

They’re also great for privacy because they work like a 2 way mirror, allowing you to see out but appearing like a mirror from the outside.

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Pork Hunt 9:29 pm
17 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

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breda 3:07 am
18 Jan 14
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Why, thanks, Alex, on behalf of readers who are at least 10 years old.

Here’s a tip – if you want customers, don’t start by treating them as though they all have sub-temperature IQs.

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