How to cool your house naturally

With summer here it’s time to start thinking about how to keep cool and comfortable. The good news is there are lots of smart ways to keep your home cool.

Close the blinds

Your home starts heating up from the moment the sun gets up. Get into the habit of closing your blinds in the morning, especially if they face the north or west.

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Switch on the fan first

Before you switch on the air-con, turn on the fans. Fans cost less to run and you can position them exactly where you need them. There are lots of sizes and types to choose from to suit your home, including pedestal fans, desk fans, industrial wall fans, and more.

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Seal windows and doors

Seal the gaps around windows and doors to stop the warm air sneaking in and the cool air drifting out. Weather strips are an easy way to seal the gaps. They are self-adhesive and can be simply cut into lengths to fit around your doors and windows.

Insulate your home

Insulation is a great way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are lots of different types of insulation, including ceiling, wall, underfloor and multi-use. And as an added bonus, insulating your home can help you save on your energy bills. D.I.Y. insulation rolls are designed to be safe and we can show you how easy it is to install them yourself.

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Install outdoor blinds

Use outdoor blinds to keep sunlight and heat from entering your home. Roll-up blinds, retractable blinds, roller blinds and awning blinds can be fitted to the outside of your windows to block UV rays and keep your home cool. For outdoor areas, bistro blinds are a great way to enclose a space and protect it from the harsh sunlight, while letting the air flow through. Bistro blinds can also be joined, creating one cool outdoor room. Learn here how to choose the perfect blind.

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Put up the sails

The shade sails, that is! The great thing about shade sails is that you can install them practically anywhere to create protected outdoor areas. Shade sails block up to 95 per cent of the sun's harmful rays and can lower the temperature beneath. Use shade sails to keep your home cool too by installing them over patios, entrances, and driveways. And because they aren't permanent fixtures, they can be easily removed when they're not needed.

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Fire up the barbie

Why swelter indoors with the oven on when you could be outside with the BBQ? Cooking dinner on the barbie not only helps keep your kitchen cool, it’s much more fun! Better yet, head to your local park and use the electric BBQs.

Turn off the lights

Lights give out a small amount of excess heat and in the middle of a sweltering summer, every extra bit of heat makes a difference! So turn off any lights you don’t need.

air conditioner

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate walls Installing insulation in your walls is a great way to increase energy efficiency and reduce noise. Learn how easy it is to do yourself.

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Heating & Cooling How to protect your home from dampness When you live in areas prone to high rainfall, such as the tropics, it’s important to protect your home from dampness and mould. We’ll show you how to do it in a few simple steps.

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Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

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Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

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How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

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Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

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Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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