If your house gets overheated in the summer, making a few shading renovations can help make your home a lot more comfortable.
Shading your property means creating an environment in which your house doesn't become a hot box in the summertime. It is beneficial to properties because it helps cool down the house and it is also a popular feature for buyers, which in return makes sellers very happy.
There are also small changes you can make to the windows in your home to help reflect the heat away from the main rooms in your home.
Tinted or blackened windows allows the sunlight to be seen but not felt to the same degree. Radiant heat is what comes through normal windows and reflects off the furnishing. The heat is trapped inside and is not reflected by the windows.
Making sure the rooms in your house don't turn into a hot box is key for cooling down this summer.
This can be beneficial in the winter but in the Australian summer, it can make your home an uncomfortable temperature that is hard to escape. According to YourHome, shaded glass can be tinted varying shades of black and they can reflect approximately 70 per cent of the light away.
Trees and shrubs
Landscaping is going to have a huge impact on the temperature on the inside and outside of your home. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science suggests that trees will stop the reflection of light and shade the house from the afternoon sun. This type of cooling not only makes the garden look great but it is obviously incredibly beneficial to the environment.
You must also be aware of the direction in which your rooms face. North-facing rooms get a higher angle of sun streaming in, whereas west and east facing rooms are not as exposed. If you plant too many scrubs or trees around a east and west-facing rooms you could make the room too cold come winter time. ACS reiterates that trees are the most important plant in the garden because they keep your property warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Shading from trees is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to cool down your house.
Passive cooling is balancing the most economic and environmentally friendly resources to cooling down your home. A combination of shading glass, the right building materials and the layout of the landscape is important. It means that you are not putting all your eggs in one basket and not relying on just one feature in dropping the temperature.
If you have recently bought a new house or want to make some changes to the one you are in, you must know how your home reacts to the different seasons. If you don't have that institutional knowledge, then ask previous owners or a building inspector to give you some insight. Try not to make any permanent changes before speaking to someone who is in the know.
A balance between the seasons
Renovating your home specially for a season can be hard to plan. However, these small changes can make a huge difference in feeling comfortable in your environment. When it comes time to sell your property, great shading from trees and shrubs and a picturesque landscape can be very appealing to buyers.
The same goes for unique features like shading glass. It all makes a difference when you concentrate on comfort in the home.
Talk to the team at Peter Blackshaw for home renovation advice and buyers advice in picking the right home, with the right feel.