In the midst of summer, when no amount of ice tea seems to be cooling you down, there are other ways and means to reduce the temperature in your home. Janice Anderssen points a few out.
The easiest and most affordable way to cool down your home is to use an insulation product such as Think Pink, or Aerolite Insulation (www.thinkpink.co.za). This product reduces heat loss or gain to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. It is simple to install yourself, but can be quickly and fairly inexpensively installed by professionals.
Many townhouses or apartments have concrete slab ceilings, which make it impossible to use ceiling insulation products. But that doesn't mean you can't have a cool pad. Even colour has a cooling effect. Crisp whites, lightest blues and palest greens all give the impressing on coolness. Furnishings upholstered in lighter colours and fabrics not only have the same effect, but they also visually open up a space and make cramped rooms appear larger and more airy.
If you position a fan closer to an open door or window, the air circulated will be cooler. The fan draws in fresh air at the back for circulation around the room.
Add a small water feature to your rental home and see how the temperature drops.