Climate Control

If you are concerned about maintaining a comfortable indoor climate in your home, this site can help provide information to maximize your assets and create a more agreeable level of temperature all year round.

To do that, we will be looking at many different methods of interior temperature control including heating and cooling systems that are both effective and economical to run as possible.

Naturally, your home needs a form climate control that can serve both hot and cold periods of the year, so whatever the weather is doing outside, you can be happy and comfortable inside without it costing you a small fortune.


During the colder months of the year, a home needs some form of artificial heat to maintain a liveable space. It is the single most important aspect of surviving through very cold winters and most especially for the elderly and infirm, keeping warm is far more important than most other creature comforts.

For that reason, most homes have some form of heat producing device or system, although in older places these can be outdated or simply old and prone to breaking down. The last thing you want in the midst of a very chilly winter is for the household heating system to give up the ghost and leave you with no way to stay warm or get hot water on tap.

It is always a good idea to have a backup for emergencies and many households have spare portable heaters stored in the garage or shed. To provide backup for times when the electricity grid goes down (blackouts) it is prudent to have a power source other than electricity for this purpose.

Other fuel-burning devices that use propane or kerosene are favorite with wood burning stoves another alternative in areas where there is good access to affordable wood, since they do not rely on electricity to operate in any way. Remember, even natural gas central heating systems rely on electricity to run the pump and control the thermostat and switching system!


During summer, the opposite for of climate control is needed to maintain a nice comfortable living space. While it may not be essential for survival as heat in very cold winters can be, having an air conditioning or cooling system or portable device is a wonderful option to have when the mercury rises to unbearable levels.

There are several options for keeping your home cooler than it is outside. The most common is air conditioning, either as a whole house setup with fixed units in each room or a centrally controlled HVAC system that maintains the entire house in comfort according to your (and your family's) personal requirements.

While this may seem the obvious choice, running such large installations can prove very costly, especially in times of dwindling world fuel resources and rising power prices. It can also be very uneconomical to run whole house systems because for a lot of the time there will be several rooms in the house that are not even occupied, meaning the rooms are being kept cool for no-one!

The Several Cooling Options

Individually climate controlled rooms with remote controlled fixed units is better, since unused rooms can have their aircon units turned off while rooms that get most used can have their units working to keep the occupants comfortable. Even so, these big room size fixed units still use a lot of electricity.

A cheaper option is to use portable AC units that are properly vented to the outside through custom vents in exterior walls so no leakage of exterior hot air can happen. However, even smaller portable units can use over 1kw of electricity which adds up quickly when they're left running for several hours each day.

For areas that have relatively dry heat (low humidity levels), a much more economical option is a swamp cooler, or evaporative cooler solution. These portable vent free air conditioners or swamp coolers can chill the air as effectively as traditional AC units, but use far less electricity to do it.

Swamp coolers come as standalone portable units or as larger fixed units and will be explained in future posts or visit: for more info.

So that about wraps things up for this introductory page to this site on climate control for the home.

More Information

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