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Keep ahead of the heat in Carlton

By Louise Morrin

The weather may be hot, but so is property in Carlton. As we get further into summer, the mercury is certainly going to rise. So what can you do to keep your cool when the heat and humidity strike? Prospective home buyers and current homeowners have a number of options for sustainable and money-saving climate control.

Keeping cool without an air conditioner

Quite a few people use air conditioners to stay comfortable in summer, but that’s not always the case in Carlton. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Energy Use and Conservation survey from March 2014, 37 per cent of households in NSW do not use any air conditioning. This is significantly higher than the nationwide rate of 26 per cent. There are a number of reasons why a household doesn’t use an air conditioner, but there are several ways to keep cool without one.

According to the Australian government’s Your Home guide, Sydney’s suburbs are ideally located to allow for cost-effective and sustainable cooling solutions. Here are some things you can do to make sure your home is comfortable at any temperature.

  • Make sure there’s some form of shade over windows that get direct sunlight.
  • Avoid doors and windows with too much glazing.
  • Use fans, particularly ceiling fans, in bedrooms.
  • Keep windows open so cool breezes can flow through your house.

Built-in sustainable cooling

If you’re looking to purchase property in Carlton, you can look for homes that take advantage of passive cooling designs. Some houses are built with stack ventilation, a construction design that allows hot air to rise and leave the building, creating a vacuum that pulls cool air in from outside. This design is especially effective when combined with shade or exterior water features like ponds or fountains, which lower the temperature of outside air.

Are you looking to buy real estate in Carlton? Contact Ray White Carlton today for help finding your cool new home.

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