With summer just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about how you can keep your home cool when the hot weather sets in.
There are many simple ways to control the temperature of your home without having to rely on the AC (using a ceiling fan, planting exterior trees, using the oven less etc.), but one strategy that is often overlooked is ventilation.
The concept of ventilation is an easy one to grasp – essentially, it’s the process of removing stale air and replacing it with fresh, clean air.
Adequate ventilation of your home is critical, because it not only supplies air devoid of pollutants, but it also removes condensation. Aside from that, ventilation also assists in managing the internal temperature of your home.
Natural ventilation occurs when outside air movement and pressure differences passively cool a building. Besides design, here are a couple of easy solutions to make your home breathe easier.
Let the cool air in, not the mozzies
One way to promote natural ventilation is to open your house up at night to flush out the heat that has built up during the day. However, an open door or window is an invitation to nocturnal insects to party on lightbulbs or buzz around your head.
If you have a large door, a solution is the Centor™ SIE Screening, a retractable insect screen that can cater for opening as wide as 7.6 metres.
Maximising natural ventilation
Another way is to install louvre windows. When the blades are correctly positioned, louvre windows can create passive breezeways, allowing your home to be refreshed with clean, cool air.
Natural ventilation is an effective way to cool down your home as the mercury slowly rises over the next few months, perfect for maintaining a comfortable internal environment without having to blast the air conditioning.