Chris on staying cool in summer
Summer in Wellington can be very changeable, but when the sun does grace us it gets very hot, and our homes can offer very little respite. So here are a few ways to stay comfortable in summer.
Letting your home breathe during the warmer months is just as important as it is during winter – so open your windows and doors as much as you can!
Air moving through the house is the number one way to cool the place down, letting out heat that would otherwise stay indoors. It’s also 100% natural, free and sustainable.
If your house has high, hard to access or top-opening windows you could leave some ajar while you are out during the day. This constant air flow will help you avoid walking into a furnace when you get home.
Staying safe and preserving home security is crucial too, so please be careful about how and when you leave windows open.
Air conditioning units / heat pump cooling features
A lot of homes have heat pumps for quick, easy and energy efficient home heating in the winter. Did you know that most models also have cooling functions? The energy efficiency of a heat pump in cooling mode is reduced, but is still over a 3:1kW ratio – much more sustainable than other options such as commercial air conditioning units. So with an easy flick of a switch – instant home cooling and air flow.
Don’t forget to keep doors and windows shut though, otherwise your efforts (and energy) will be wasted.
Positive pressure ventilation systems are another option for total house ventilation. Many models come with special summer settings, such as being able to draw cool air from the shady southern side of a home, and circulating that through the house. Pretty nifty!
Mechanical ventilation systems are also great for damp and/or rental properties as the automatic settings help guarantee the drying and ventilation benefits. They are only suitable for certain properties though so give us a call if you would like more information and advice for your property.
Me and the other Home Performance Advisors at the Trust always recommend natural ventilation as the top way to keep your home cool. Book a free home assessment and find out for yourself!
Saying that, we will tailor our advice to what is best for you and your property, and any heat pumps, ventilation or other home energy products we do recommend will be the best, energy efficient products on the market. That’s how we roll.
Last but not least, my number one top tip for staying cool in summer? Make sure the freezer is stocked with ice-cream!
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