Beat the heat – Tricks and tips to help you stay cool this summer

October 15th, 2015

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The days are longer, the water is getting warmer, and with temperatures reaching the early 30’s in some places around Australia that can only mean one thing, summer is coming! And with summer, comes the heat.

So we thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of tips and tricks that will help you and your family stay cool this summer. (Without the need of having to sit in your fridge, even though it’s super cute when your kids do it)

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Keep it easy

If you have the means to install an AC unit, then this will be your best bet in staying cool this summer. (But don’t worry if you don’t, we have plenty of others ways to keep cool further down)

There are different types of air cons available, so which is the best one for you? Perhaps our appliance expert, Colin Jones, can explain the differences between them, to help you make an easier decision.

A few benefits of having an Air Con unit in your home-

  • Eliminate external noise and pollution by keeping your windows and doors closed
  • Control your homes temperature with ease
  • Say goodbye to noisy fans
  • Improved air quality

Check out our full range of Air con units here

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Keep it simple

For those of us who prefer ‘old school simplicity’, the fan will probably be your best friend. And as like air cons, there are different types of fans available. Small, big, paddleless, and even misting fans!

Check out full range of fans here.

Benefits of owning a fan, or two-

  • Affordable cooling
  • Most fans are easily portable
  • Simple operation
  • And my fave, the robot voice!

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Put the tablet down!

Now days, majority of people own TVs, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and every other gadget under the sun. But do they all need to be switched on at once?

Running electronics for long periods of time can generate heat, don’t believe me? Next time you’ve had your TV or computer on for a while, hover your hand over the screen, you’ll instantly feel heat beaming off of it.

And that’s just one screen, so imagine the unnecessary heat you’re creating in your home when you have all your gadgets running at once. Yikes!

Switch them off, or don’t run them for as long and you should start to notice the difference.

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Air dry

Leave the clothes dryer alone! Yes, using your dryer also generates heat. So why not skip the dryer and air dry your clothes outside or on a clothes rack inside. You can also do the same with your dishes if you use a dishwasher, by skipping the drying process and air drying your dishes.

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Water, your new best friend

Water is amazing! Whether you’re playing in it, using it when cooking, feeding your plants with it, or even just drinking it yourself, water has many uses and many benefits, and can also keep you very cool during the hotter months. Below are a few different ways you can use water to help keep yourself cool.

  • Consume at least 8 glasses of 230ml of water a day. Not only will this keep you well-hydrated, but it will also help keep you cool. You can also try adding your favourite sliced fruit and ice to your water to give it a bit of a flavour kick.
  • The human body radiates heat from the hands, feet, ears, and face, so cooling any of these parts with water will effectively cool the body. You can soak your feet in a bucket of cold water, or run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand. You can also try filling a spray bottle with water, and misting it over your exposed skin. Each of these will help cool your body down for a while.
  • Swim! Head down to the beach or local swimming pool. OR if you don’t have access to any of these you can get crafty like these guys!
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Think of your pets as well

If you’re feeling the heat, your pets are probably feeling it too. There have been a lot of cases where pets get heat stroke, so follow these tips to help prevent it.

  • Avoid leaving your pets in the car unattended; even with a window down a bit, it still can get extremely hot. So this is a definite no no!
  • Make sure your pets have plenty of clean water in their bowls or bottles.
  • Provide sufficient shade for your pets, especially the ones who stay outdoors during the summer months.
  • Avoid walking your pets when it’s too hot outside. The best way to check if the ground is too hot for them is to place the back of your hand onto the concrete for 10 seconds; if you can’t handle leaving it there for the whole 10 seconds then it’s too hot for your pets little paws.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water, and spritz your pets now and them to help cool them down. Research up first if your pet will enjoy it, as I don’t think a cat will appreciate you spraying them with water, even if it’s to benefit them.
  • Whenever you walk your pets, make sure you carry enough water on you to keep them hydrated.
  • Or if you want to really spoil your pooch, check out Rex’s awesome set up. How awesome!


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Now that you hopefully have enough tips to keep you, your family, and pets cool, go out and enjoy your summer!

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Child in the fridge

Mr Dog cooling down with a fan

Little pony making robot voice


DIY hale bale swimming pool

Rex’s air con setup



All the way from the land of the flightless bird, Krissy brings a part of New Zealand culture to the Appliances Online content team. And although she is adamant she does not say 'fush and chups', she can't deny her continuous use of the term 'sweet as' and her ongoing argument with her team on the correct name for jandals (thongs). One thing is for certain, however, her passion for her kiwi slang is matched with her love for sharing news, hacks and buying tips for all things appliances! Krissy's favourite appliance is the Tefal Cook4Me multi cooker, as she believes it's ok to let an appliance do all the work for you.

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