7 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

When the heat rises and summertime blues threaten to take over, it can feel like anything is a struggle. The idea of spending more time in an overheated house feels impossible at best, and unbearable at worst. But with a little bit of planning, you won’t have to dread the heat quite so much. There are ways to keep your home cool in the summer without breaking the bank or your sanity. Check out these seven ideas for keeping cool this summer without breaking a sweat—or your air conditioning bill—too much.

Turn your house into a breezy retreat

It’s not all about air conditioning here even though it is our stock-in-trade. The Gold Coast often enjoys cool southeries in the evenings during out summer months. If you can open up your home to enjoy those breezes then you should do so. Conversely, seal the house up from the hot humid air during the middle of the day. By keeping the hot air out during the day and bring in the cool breezes during the evening you can do a lot to reduce your cooling bills while maintaining a cool home. For some people this will mean having a look at the design of their home. There are many homes that don’t allow for airflow. You might be able to add some windows to your home or swap in a wire security door. Which brings us to our next point…

Open up the windows and doors

As we just mentioned, opening up your windows and doors is a great way to let cool breezes into your home. While it’s important to make sure these are energy-efficient, you can leave them open as much as possible. When it’s especially hot outside, you might even want to leave a window or two open at night. This will allow cooler evening temperatures to flow into your home, setting the stage for a nice, cool morning.
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When it is cool in the evening, open windows and doors.

Hang out by the fan

If it’s hot and humid but the outside breezes aren’t strong enough to cool you off, a fan is a quick and easy solution. Hang one out in the living room, bedroom, or wherever you spend most of your time. A good electrician like South East Electrical will install them quickly. You can even run fans in empty rooms to create some air movement. Open the windows and blow out some of that hot air. While you might be tempted to turn on the AC, it makes sense to use your fan when the outside temperature is below 26°C. Air conditioners are expensive to run compared with fans. Fans only a few cents to run all day. A fan is cheaper and far better for keeping you cool. It’ll also help to circulate air, which will make you feel cooler by removing hot air from the room and replacing it with cooler air.

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Fans are cheap to run.

Invest in light-blocking window shades

If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the sun shines year-round, you’re going to want to keep a finger on the cooling pulse. But not everybody is so lucky. A good way to keep the sun out and the cool air in during the summer months is by investing in light-blocking window shades. These are designed to keep the light out in the summer while letting the sun in during the winter. They’ll help to keep your home cooler in the summer by blocking the sun while still letting in cool breezes.
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Remember when all old homes had these? They're cheap and effective protection from the heat.

Get an air conditioner—just make sure it’s energy efficient

It’s the Gold Coast. Sometimes you need an air conditioner to be comfortable. But before you run out and buy the first one you see, make sure it’s eco-friendly. Check the star rating on the unit you’re buying. You should also consult with experts (ie us!) on which system you should buy. Having the capacity of the machine matched to the size of the area you’re cooling will make a difference. A small machine cooling a large area will work overtime. A large unit cooling a small area is overkill. Both instances will result in less than optimal energy use. A split system air conditioning unit will cost between $10-20 to run all day. That can add up quite quickly. Having the right unit installed for your circumstances can make a big difference to your running expenses.

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Install a smart system

There are so many advantages to smart systems in your home. You can enjoy the benefits of being able to turn on your AC remotely. When you come home to a cool home you’ll know it was worthwhile installing a smart home system. There are other reasons though. By controlling temperatures and when the unit turns on and off, you can reduce your running costs. And it’s not just your air conditioning unit that is smart these days. You can turn on fans and even (in some cases, for the technically advanced) open windows and awnings.


Keeping your house cool in the summer can be a challenge, but with a little bit of planning and some eco-friendly energy-saving tips, you can stay cool and save money. The best way to keep your home cool in the summer is to start by breezifying it by investing in new, energy-efficient windows and doors, keeping your windows and doors open, and installing fans. When all else fails, you can always turn to an air conditioner, but make sure it’s energy efficient. If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to keep your cool all summer long.

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