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Interior shot with a couch and blinds lowered, coffee cup and colourful cushions.
With summer just around the corner, 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.

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.

Fan with a pitcher of water with fresh lime.

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.

Couch and indoor blinds in background.

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.

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.

Outdoor blinds and garden area.

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.

Black shade sail in outdoor area with trees.

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.

Outdoor entertaining area with food cooking on the BBQ.

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.

Take a cold shower

When all else fails, switch to the old techniques. Cool down with a cold shower before bedtime so you can get a good night's sleep. Keep a spray bottle handy full of water to cool your face. And fill the kids' sandpit with water to keep your feet cool.

 

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.