Keep The Summer Heat Outside The House

17:02' 20-11-2017
If the heat of summer gives you a hard time, dont just rush to turn on the air conditioner. Expert renovator Michael Duffy says there are a few simple tricks you can use to keep cool indoors most of the time without pushing up your power bill.

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    Seal gaps

    Gaps around windows and door frames can let the cool air leak out of your home, and bring the hot air in.

    You can test this easily on a windy day. Hold a burning incense stick near the door or window frame. If there is air coming in, affecting the incense smoke, that is where air can also escape..

    Large hardware stores can provide you with a gap filler product to fix the gaps, and advice about how to use it.

    Weather door strips

    Most doors have a gap under them, so they can open and close easily. Weather strips, costing less than $10, can be fitted easily under the door to plug this gap. You only need to apply them to doors opening to the outside.

    Window furnishings

    Windows can bring a great deal of heat into your home. Make sure you have good blinds or curtains to close during the day, or at least the time of day when the sun is on that side of the house.

    If you don't want to cut out all the light, use sheer curtains. These are made from a number of vertical strips, rather than single heavy sheets of fabric.

    Outside awnings

    Another way to keep the heat out is to block it before it gets to the window. The best solution for this is to install outside awnings. They are more expensive than indoor furnishings, but they last for many years and make a huge difference to the inside temperature.

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