Having a home in Hobart makes you one of the fortunate – and the climate is one of the best things about Hobart. January is the hottest month, but the average temperature is still below twenty-five degrees. However, we all know that averages are made up of figures that include extremes, and some days can be real scorchers.
Since spending the day neck-deep in the pool may not be feasible, we look at ways of keeping your home in Hobart cool without resorting to the power-guzzling air conditioner.
Draw the Curtains
Good, heavy curtains are great insulators. They help to keep heat in during winter, and the hot sunlight out on the hottest summer days. Admittedly, this strategy works best while you’re out, because everybody likes good light indoors.
Get the Air Moving
Just getting air moving won’t lower temperatures, but it will make you feel cooler because your sweat will evaporate faster. If you have a good breeze through between two windows or a window and a door, fling them wide open and chill out in the draft. Alternatively, a regular fan will do the job.
Turn a Fan Into An Air Conditioner
While fans don’t cool air on their own, they can make a cooler breeze with a little help. Place a dish full of ice in front of a fan and adjust it so that it blows air over the ice. The results may not be dramatic, but on the hottest days, every little bit helps. Want something even more effective? Try these DIY projects from Popular Mechanics.
Hang a Damp Sheet in Front of the Window
Greenhouses use evaporative cooling to keep temperatures low on hot days. Copy this principle by hanging a damp sheet in front of windows where there’s a slight breeze blowing in. It can make a noticeable difference.
Switch to LED Lights
Getting your home in Hobart cool during the night will help to keep it cooler during the day. Let the cool night breeze in and if you haven’t done so yet, switch from incandescent light bulbs to cool-burning LEDs – they’ll save electricity too!
BBQ For Dinner
When Hobart heats up, the evenings outdoors are at their best. Your stove will heat up your house – but who wants to cook indoors on a balmy evening anyway? Partake in Australia’s favourite pastime and fire up the BBQ. We’re ready to bet your family will love the idea.
Forget About the Air Temperature and Focus on Body Temperature Instead
If you needed an excuse to make cooling drinks, eat ice cream or make popsicles, you just found one. Check out these recipes if you’re running low on ideas. By lowering your body temperature, cold treats help to keep you feeling cool even when your house has warmed up. The same goes for a swim or a cool shower, and if you don’t dry off, the cooling effect lasts longer. Here’s a personal favourite: a spritz bottle of chilled water in the fridge – a few sprays and you’re cool as a cucumber.
Home in Hobart? We’re the Blessed Ones!
Hobart is a great place to live, and you’ll seldom find yourself resorting to cooling strategies for extended periods. Even on the hottest days, you can head for a spot where you feel the cool sea breeze – but staying at home in the heat doesn’t have to be a bind. So, don’t just get a house. Make yourself at home in Hobart. Baxton Property Management is here to help its tenants do just that.
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