5 Tips to Keep Your Home Cool & Ready for Melbourne’s Scorching Summers

As delightful as the idea of summer is, we know that there will be days of scorching heat that we’ll want to escape. With that in mind, it’s essential to ensure that your home remains a haven of coolness and comfort for your household. 

Fortunately, preparing your home to beat the summer heat isn’t as difficult as many think it is. Here are some top tips to keep your home cool, starting with your AC maintenance and moving on to other home improvements.

1. Ensure Your AC is in Top-notch Condition

Before summer arrives in full swing, it’s wise to give your AC system a comprehensive check. Here are a few sub-points to consider:

A. Regular AC Maintenance

Regular maintenance is vital to ensure your AC operates efficiently throughout the summer. Schedule a service with a trusted provider like Gaschill to ensure all components are functioning optimally. Remember to replace the filters regularly to maintain good air quality and system efficiency.

B. Consider an Upgrade if Your AC is Aging

The lifespan of an average AC unit is around 15-20 years. If your system is nearing this age or not cooling as effectively as it used to, it might be time to consider installing a new, more energy-efficient unit. Upgrading can not only improve your comfort but also reduce your energy bills.

2. Insulation – Your Barrier Against the Heat

A well-insulated home can significantly help in keeping the indoor temperature cool. Insulation works by reducing the amount of heat that enters your home, thereby decreasing the load on your AC. Consider these points for effective insulation:

  • Roof Insulation: Since heat rises, insulating your roof can prevent the heat from seeping into your home.
  • Wall Insulation: Insulating walls can keep the indoor spaces cooler by preventing heat transfer through the walls.

3. Make Use of Shades and Blinds


Windows can be a significant source of heat gain during the summer. Utilise shades, blinds, and curtains to block out the heat and keep your rooms cool. You might consider:

  • Blackout Curtains: These can effectively block sunlight and UV rays, keeping the rooms cooler.
  • Outdoor Shades: Installing shades outside the windows can prevent the heat from reaching the glass, reducing heat gain.

4. Install Ceiling Fans to Circulate Air

Ceiling fans can be a great companion to your AC system. They help in circulating the cooled air more effectively throughout the room, allowing you to set the thermostat at a slightly higher temperature without compromising on comfort.

5. Landscape Your Garden Wisely

Believe it or not, the right landscaping can help keep your home cool. Planting trees and shrubs in strategic locations can provide shade and reduce the amount of heat that reaches your home. Consider:

  • Planting Trees: Plant trees to shade the east and west sides of your home, where the sun exposure is the highest.
  • Green Roofs and Walls: These can act as natural insulators, reducing heat gain and providing a cooling effect.


As Melbourne gears up to welcome another summer, it’s time to prepare your home to offer a cool and comfy retreat from the heat. From ensuring your AC is in pristine condition to making wise choices in insulation and landscaping, every little effort counts in creating a summer-ready home.


Ready to gear up for summer? Contact Gaschill for comprehensive AC servicing or installation of a new, energy-efficient unit. We’ll help you create a cool and comfortable haven this summer.