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    Default How do you keep your rooms cool?

    I live in WA and it's stinking hot.
    Just wondering how other people keep their kids rooms cool during the day?

    We have fans in all the bedrooms and two split systems in the main room (living, kitchen, dining open plan, big ceilings)

    The future plan is reverse cycle ducted in the rest of the house when we save a bit more (just finished building) so that will also be in the bedrooms but I need something for the short term.
    We can't get evaporative because we are on tank water.

    Ds2 still sleeps during the day. He wears a nappy and I out the fan on full speed but sometimes his room is just so hot. (He gets the afternoon sun on it)
    Having another bub in OCT so will face the same problem come next summer.

    What can I do?


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    We're in WA too. Biggest tip is to stop the heat coming in. We have blinds on the outside of windows that get direct morning sun (living area) and afternoon sun (kids rooms). It makes a big difference. We got them from Bunnings and they let the light in but reduce heat.

    In the winter we roll them up so the sun can get in.

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    Do you know how much water the evaporative uses? We have it and are on tank water here in WA, we do have a huge tank as we need to use it to fill the pool but the cooling never seems to have made a dent in it.

    In the meantime do whatever you can to insulate the windows, shade cloth outside, heavy curtains or even hang a doona over the existing curtains. Keep the curtains and windows shut all day then open at night to get the cool air through (when there actually is a cool night!)

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    Thermal curtains or blinds might help.

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    We have super dooper roof insulation, thick blockout blinds and fans. Its a rare day that we've ever used the air con. Usually for visitors.
    On stinky hot days I turn the lounge into a sleeping space and use the AC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stretched View Post
    Do you know how much water the evaporative uses? We have it and are on tank water here in WA, we do have a huge tank as we need to use it to fill the pool but the cooling never seems to have made a dent in it.

    In the meantime do whatever you can to insulate the windows, shade cloth outside, heavy curtains or even hang a doona over the existing curtains. Keep the curtains and windows shut all day then open at night to get the cool air through (when there actually is a cool night!)

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    Really? I thought it used quite a bit?

    We have a huge tank but it's never been full. We need 400mls of rainfall for it to be full - like that will ever happen in WA lol.
    We've had to have water carted twice (in 1 1/2 years)
    We have a bore for the gardens. I wonder if the bore water would be ok in evaporative or if the salt would ruin it?


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    I run bore through my evap because it uses so much water - I'm guessing 40l every 15-20 minutes. We checked with our air con company and they said it should be ok because of the quality of the water (you can drink it). In wa I would be wary - I remember what the bore water did to the footpaths over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    I run bore through my evap because it uses so much water - I'm guessing 40l every 15-20 minutes. We checked with our air con company and they said it should be ok because of the quality of the water (you can drink it). In wa I would be wary - I remember what the bore water did to the footpaths over there.
    Yes that's more of the water in city areas.
    We are rural and the bore water is of better quality (or so I'm aware)
    It doesn't turn things brown lol. Yuck.

    Wow 40L every 15-20 minutes. Id cringe every time I put the air con on.


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    Can you put shade cloth outside over his window to stop the heat getting in so much, then heavy curtains with the thermal backing

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    I'm in mildura it's really hot here too. We use block out blinds and roof top evap cooling although it hardly works we have a portable air con in our bedroom where we all sleep.


 

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