January 24 - 30, 2021: Issue 480
How To Keep Your Home Cool During A Heatwave
Living beside the sea in a place that has worked to retain its tree canopy has its advantages during the hotter weeks of the year. Just as an umbrella will shield you from blazing sun, a tree will absorb those hot rays and provide shade to keep cooler those hot tin rooves.
This week a few tips to keep things cooler around and inside the home.
If you live in an area with restricted air flow due to surrounding buildings, lots of concrete or other hard surfaces that creates radiant heat, or have a lack of trees or green breaks, the outside temperature may be hotter than that inside your home and your street may be hotter by as much as 3-4 degrees than one facing that cool ocean.
In that case you may be better shutting up your home during the hotter part of the day, drawing curtains and installing ceiling fans to create air movement. However, if your home does not have adequate insulation to keep out heat, and there is no breeze whatsoever, an air-conditioner in one room and closing off the others until a sea breeze occurs is going to be your best option for comfort and reducing energy costs. You could also shade outdoor areas around the house with plantings and shade structures to lower the ground temperature and in turn the temperature of incoming air. Even a shade cloth or large market umbrella over hotter areas will reduce the temperature being radiated against your home's walls and then inside your home.
There are also many ways you can cool your home through what is termed passive (non-mechanical) cooling, as well as hybrid approaches which utilise mechanical cooling systems. Passive cooling is the least expensive means of cooling a home in both financial and environmental terms.
- shading windows, walls and roofs from direct solar radiation
- using lighter coloured roofs to reflect heat
- using insulation and buffer zones to minimise conducted and radiated heat gains
- making selective or limited use of thermal mass to avoid storing daytime heat gains.
Evaporative cooling by installing water features
As water evaporates it draws large amounts of heat from surrounding air. Evaporation is therefore an effective passive cooling method, although it works best when relative humidity is lower (70% or less during hottest periods) as the air has a greater capacity to take up water vapour.
Pools, ponds and water features immediately outside windows or in courtyards can pre-cool air entering the house. Carefully located water features can create convective breezes. The surface area of water exposed to moving air is also important. Fountains, mist sprays and waterfalls can increase evaporation rates. A previous DIY Ideas page on how to install water features is archived below.
Open Design to Maximise Natural Ventilation
Heat enters and leaves a home through the roof, walls, windows and floor, collectively referred to as the building envelope.
- Maximise the indoor−outdoor relationship and provide outdoor living spaces that are screened, shaded and rain protected.
- Maximise convective ventilation with high level windows and ceiling or roof space vents.
As those living in Pittwater know that cooling sea breeze is going to run inland from the east and south (southerlies), make sure you have windows facing in those directions that can be opened to allow cool air to replace hot air within a home. Opening a window on the opposite side will allow air to be drawn through the home.
In rooms where it is not possible to place windows in opposite or adjacent walls for cross-ventilation, place projecting fins on the windward side to create positive and negative pressure to draw breezes through the room.
Insulation is critical to passive cooling — particularly to the roof and floor. Windows are often left open to take advantage of natural cooling and walls are easily shaded; roofs, however, are difficult to shade, and floors are a source of constant heat gain through conduction and convection, with only limited cooling contribution to offset it.
In climates that require only cooling or those with limited cooling needs, use multiple layers of reflective foil insulation in the roof instead of bulk insulation to reduce radiant daytime heat gains while maximising night-time heat loss through conduction and convection. This is known as the one-way insulation valve.
Reflective foil insulation is less affected by condensation and is highly suited to cooling climate applications as it reflects unwanted heat out while not re-radiating it in.
Well-ventilated roof spaces (and other non-habitable spaces) play a critical role in passive cooling by providing a buffer zone between internal and external spaces in the most difficult area to shade, the roof.
Ventilators can reduce the temperature differential across ceiling insulation, increasing its effectiveness by as much as 100%. The use of foil insulation and light coloured roofing limits radiant heat flow into the roof space.
Hybrid cooling systems
Hybrid cooling systems are whole house cooling solutions that employ a variety of cooling options (including air conditioning) in the most efficient and effective way. They take maximum advantage of passive cooling when available and make efficient use of mechanical cooling systems during extreme periods.
Fans provide reliable air movement for cooling people and supplementing breezes during still periods.
At 50% relative humidity, air movement of 0.5m/s creates maximum cooling effect; air speeds up to 1.0m/s can be useful in higher relative humidity, but prolonged air speeds above 1.0m/s cause discomfort.
Standard ceiling fans can create a comfortable environment when temperature and relative humidity levels are within acceptable ranges. In a lightweight building in a warm temperate climate, the installation of fans in bedrooms and all living areas (including kitchens and undercover outdoor areas) significantly reduces cooling energy use.
Fans should be located centrally in each space, one for each grouping of furniture. An extended lounge/dining area needs two fans. In bedrooms, locate the fan close to the centre of the bed. Because air speed decreases with distance from the fan, position fans over the places where people spend the most time. [1.]
Before rushing out and loading up with ceiling fans or floor fans or choosing an air-conditioner it would be wise to do some research and decide what your best options are and what will suit your home's needs best.
Combining using your air conditioner with your ceiling fans will circulate and draw that cold air through those other rooms and reduce your reliance on this cooling method for longer periods and in doing so, reduce your energy costs.
Of course for residents here, opening the house as much as all your windows and doors will allow from late afternoon to early morning is beneficial if overnight temperatures fall below your homes' inside temperature, especially when that cooling sea breeze is running.
As long as you have intact flyscreens to keep out all those wing-borne insects such as mosquitoes and cockroaches, or that eight legged version of garden-house visitor, the optimum is to make use of where you are and invite that salt air inside your home.
1. Sourced from Your Home: Passive cooling - Australian Government. Retrieved from: www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-cooling
The products shown here are all sourced from Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 and are examples of what is available. Pop into one of their stores at Mona Vale, Narrabeen or Avalon and speak to their friendly trained staff about cooling your home. The Mona Vale store has water features as well as many other items that will assist in keeping you and your family more comfortable during heat waves.
We want to thank all of you for supporting and trusting us through this 2020, without you we could not be receiving these two important awards.
Thank you for being our customer and thanks to all our great staff for making this possible especially though this full of surprises year.
Great Specials From Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Get Your Summer Fix Catalogue - Read It Online Here -
ROK 2 in 1 Pedestal & Floor Fan 45cm: $49.00
Two ways of use; Pedestal or floor fan, 90 degree oscillation, Aluminium fan blades, 90 degree oscillation
Goldair Desk Fan White 30cm: $25.00
With 3 speed settings you can adjust the output of these powerful motors to cool any day, and with the oscillating feature standard on all models, you can cool that work space faster.
Goldair Portable Air Conditioner 2.0Kw: $299.00
With 7,000 BTU (2.0Kw) of cooling power, this Portable Air Conditioning unit from Goldair will keep you cool while its scorching outside! Easily move it to where you need to cool, and vent hot air outside with the included window kit. Electronic controls, 24-hour timer and the handy remote control make this portable AC easy to use!
Umbrella Market Timber 2.95m Taupe: $89.00
Taupe UV50+ 180g polyester canopy. Timber frame with 8 ribs. Manual open/close system.
Wobble-Tee Lawn Sprinkler: $32.00
Willow Entertainer Cooler 44L:$65.00
With dense insulation designed to keep food and drinks cooler for longer, Willow coolers are made to withstand harsh Aussie summer conditions.
The large size of the Entertainer Cooler is perfect for family picnics, days at the beach, parties and more.
OZtrail 3m Deluxe Gazebo: $249.00
3W x 3D x 3.35Hm. Powder coated steel folding frame with ABS componentry. Blue fire retardant 300 Denier UV treated polyester canopy with internal silver coating that blocks 98%+UV. Includes carry bag.
Neta Retractable Hose Reel 15m: $99.00
Slow, smooth, safe rewind retraction mechanism. 12mm x 15m reinforced garden hose & 2m connection hose. Made from UV stablized materials. 3 year Neta no-break guarantee.
Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Update: Shop Online Options
Intending to keep our customers and staff safe, we present some additional ways for both our retail and trade customers to do business with us.
Trade and Retail Pick Up
Express Pick up Mona Vale
- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)
- Drive into our undercover Trade Drive-Thru area at 73 Bassett St Mona Vale, and your order will be ready for pick-up.
- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork
Express Pick up Avalon
- Call Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Avalon, and we will pick & pack your order and have it ready for you to pick up in 2 hours. (Stocked Lines Only)
- Drive into our back lane off Bellevue Avenue, and your order will be ready for pick-up.
- Our team members will help you with your load and finalise payment/paperwork
Online Retail Stores Go Live
We’ve launched two eCommerce sites offering 2hr pick up in-store and flat rate delivery options on the northern beaches*.
Jbhmv.com.au (Mona Vale)
With the ability to leave the product on your doorstep, this provides an option of an entirely contactless transaction.
*Flat rate delivery is not available to trade sales, building supplies and trade quantities
** The stock availability is updated nightly, which may mean the stock is unavailable when the order is placed
Trade Delivery to Site
Maybe not new, but certainly worth a mention again!
We can get almost anything delivered quickly onto site!
As always ring the trade desk direct on 9999 0333 and let them know what you need!
Like everyone, we have found ourselves in a new and uncertain environment, but we’re setting up (and digging in) for the long haul!
We want to acknowledge that the decision to retain over 120 staff and meet any future challenges head-on, could not have happened without the continued support you provide us as customers.
Thank you and stay safe,
The Johnson Family
Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Trade Centre at Mona Vale - everything you need under one roof.
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Mona Vale - Online Store: Jbhmv.Com.Au
Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10.
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