Staying on top of the temperature control situation in your house can be difficult – especially in areas where the climate is not moderate. In days gone by the solution was air-conditioning units, often lots of them, installed at great prices and using massive amounts of electricity. These units are still an option favoured by some, but the reality is that there are now far better and more simple ways of keeping the temperature regulated and under control. If you are struggling with overly hot days and cold nights, here are a few ideas to help set you on the path to comfort.
Sort the floors
Insulation is a key part of temperature control. Most houses will have some form of insulation installed in their roofs. Fewer though look at what is lost or gained via the floor. As such, a house that is set up as a self-contained eco-system should without a doubt have the floor taken care of. A quick Google search for something like ‘floor insulation Melbourne’ will point you in the direction of a company that could advise on what needs doing. Give them a shout and start planning, it is a step in the right direction.
A lot of heat is lost or gained through the windows which is why, in cold countries like England, double glazing has become such an important thing. It is absolutely something that should be considered as it makes for a great barrier between the extremes of the outside and the comfort on inside. It has the added benefit if cutting down noise and making your property a calmer and quieter place – especially handy if you are near a busy freeway. Another angle that windows offer is tinting. Just a hint of a tint can play a marked role in reducing glare and heat and keep the interior of the house pleasantly cool.
Make sure that you can control the flow of air in the house without having to open all the doors. This is something that a good interior designer or architect should be able to help you resolve. But it is worth noting that in hot months open spaces and air flow are important, while in colder months open plan and large spaces are hard to heat and often uncomfortably cold. Find ways to overcome this and you are onto something.
Nature for the win
There is so much wonderful real estate technology available these days that plays to the strengths of the sun. Solar heating has long been used to power geysers, but it can also be used for underfloor heating. There are also lots of wonderful temperature regulation devices that use water coolers to take the edge off the heat. The point is that it is possible to influence the climate of your house without wracking up huge electricity bills. Those electricity bills don’t just hurt your pocket, they also harm the environment so look to get the bulk of your climate control agenda sorted through natural methods and clever design, rather than just powering up the old-school air-conditioners.