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How to keep your house cool: Top tips for tackling the heat

Updated September 1st 2023

If your house tends to overheat in the summer months, you might be dreading the rising temperatures. 


Before we know it, summer will be upon us, and we will all be looking desperately for ways to cool the house down.


Now, there are lots of things you can do to cool down your home in hot weather so that you can rest easy, no matter how high the mercury rises.


Here at HSS, we’ve been leasing out the highest quality cooling equipment for decades, giving customers everything they need to tackle the summer heat. In that time, we’ve learnt all of the best techniques and identified all of the most effective equipment to keep the heat away. We also sell cooling options so you can keep down the heat all year round, even if a scorching heatwave hits.


Read our tips on how you can lower the temperature indoors in the simplest and most effective ways possible.

Hire a portable air conditioning unit

One of the easiest ways to keep your home cool is to opt for air conditioning.


If your home doesn’t have central air conditioning, consider hiring a portable unit in warmer weather. Hiring cooling equipment saves you the time, money and hassle of installing air con whilst providing all the same benefits.


These systems are very effective and quickly deliver cool air throughout your home so it will stay comfortable during warmer summer months.

Which air conditioning unit is best? 

There are lots of options when it comes to air conditioning. You can use a portable air conditioner if you don’t have central air or as a way to spot cool areas in your home that tend to overheat in hot summer months.


You might be wondering:

"How do I know which size of air conditioner is right for my home?" 

Well, it depends on how large your home is and how many rooms you want to cool at once.

If you want a big, powerful machine that can cool several rooms at once, then we recommend getting a two-stage or three-stage unit. These types of ACs have coils on top that allow them to dehumidify air as well as cool it down. This means they're great at removing moisture from the air so that the room feels dryer - and better smelling!

If you just want something small and portable that will keep your favourite room in the house nice and cool, then we recommend getting a single-stage unit instead.

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Get yourself a cooling fan

Portable fans are a great choice because you can easily move them throughout your home as needed, cooling different areas during the day and during hot nights.

Getting into bed and trying to sleep on a hot sticky night is difficult. You can keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature in no time with a portable cooling fan.

To get that cool breeze you need and for help sleeping without that dreaded clammy feeling, hire a powerful turbo fan with various speed settings. Or you could buy a fan so you'll always have access to instant cooling when required. Also, don’t discount the power of ceiling fans and tower fans as a light cooling solution. Install ceiling fans to help move hot air out and keep air circulating so your home will feel cooler.

Invest in energy efficient windows

If you want to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer, consider purchasing energy-efficient windows. These windows are designed to block out hot air while still letting cool air flow into your home or business. This is good for your home and the environment, and also helps to reduce energy costs.

Other ways you can control indoor temperature with your windows:

  • If investing in new windows isn't an option for you, inspect your current window seals and check to make sure they aren’t broken or cracked. If they are, they are letting the cool air escape from your home, which makes it harder to keep rooms cool.
  • Use longer curtains that you can pull shut to prevent sunlight from shining directly into a room if it is too warm inside. If you can, use curtains with a white backing so the sunlight will bounce off of them instead of entering your home.
  • If you're looking for the best window treatments to keep extra heat out, choose honeycomb-style blinds. When heat does enter through your window, the shape of these blinds will trap it between the blinds and the glass, eventing it from heating up the room.

Redesign your landscaping

Now, take your efforts outside and hire equipment to redesign your landscaping to keep your home cool. Or you can buy garden tools to help. The best way to do this is to plant large trees or full bushes near your windows to add shade and help block heat-inducing sunlight. You can also add vines outside your home that will creep up and cover areas to help cool them down. You may not be able to create shade instantly, but by planting things now, in a few years you’ll have plenty of shade near your windows.

For more instant results, think potted plants and window boxes. You can arrange pots and plants around your windows, inside or outside, with tall plants to add shade. Window boxes can be filled with tall or full plants to help block sunlight from coming inside. The creation of green spaces can actually enhance shading and evaporation.

Side note: Indoor house plants can also bring well-needed moisture to an overheated room.

The construction of your home makes a big difference

The materials your home is made of can actually help you keep it cool. Homes made of brick, concrete and stone are easier to keep cool than homes made of wood or other materials. 

Of course, you can’t easily change the structure of your home, but if you ever decide to add to your home or add a room, consider using one of these heat-resistant materials.

The materials on your roof can also make a difference, and it’s easier to remodel your roof than your entire home. There are actually specially designed cool roofs that reflect the sun’s rays and bounce them off your home, keeping it cooler. A roof that is painted a lighter colour will also help keep your home cool.

Keeping your home cool when it’s scorching hot outside isn’t always easy. But, when you consider the materials your home is made of, make some changes to your windows and even work on your landscaping, your home will be virtually heatproof this summer so you can stay cool and comfortable.

Gear up for summer by hiring cooling equipment from HSS

If you want a quick solution to the unwanted heat that's causing you and your family to feel uncomfortable and sweaty, HSS has it.

At HSS, we have everything you need to cool down your house, ready to be shipped out to you within a matter of days. Simply explore our range of cooling solutions before selecting the fans or air-con units you need - we'll get it out to you faster than you can say "it's too hot in here!".

Need more help choosing the right cooling option? Our experts are just a call away.

About the Author

Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.

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