What is the lowest energy and east expensive means of keeping cool? Standing (or sitting) in a breeze. 🙂 Yep, a lovely zephyr is the most eco-friendly way to cool oneself. Ok, on a 40 degree day the breeze is not particularly cool, but go and spend 2 minutes somewhere where there is no circulating air and get all hot and sweaty. Then stand in that hot breeze and see what happens. Yep, even the warm air will help cool you down then. 🙂
When we purchased this house one of the plans we had was to add fly screens to the windows. Summer came and went whilst we survived in a scorching hot house. Winter came and the need for flyscreens wasn’t pressing and then Summer rolled around again and lo and behold, no flyscreens. 😦 We had assumed this would be an exercise in expensive and the money simply wasn’t there to spend on them.
Needs must though and shortly before Christmas (wonderful timing I know) I spent some time googling local companies that made and installed flyscreens. I found a few but the price, although reasonable, put it out of our immediate reach. Then I found On Site Flyscreens. Now, before I go any further I want to say I’ve not been asked to write this post, let alone paid for doing so.
On Site Flyscreens are based in Epping, Victoria but Michael who installed our screens works in and around Ballarat. I gave them a call and was quoted a surprisingly low amount. When I questioned why I found that he comes out, measures your windows, goes back to the vehicle he drives and makes them there on the spot. As the name says, on site! 🙂 The windows all cost the same, regardless of size as the work that goes into each is the same no matter how big or small they are. Inside of 2 hours, Michael measured up, made and installed 11 flyscreens into our aluminium frame windows. In that time he also quoted to make and install a fly screen door for us for our back sliding door. I simply couldn’t believe how little time it took.
The back door will cost us considerably more but then again we are getting a quality door. With 2 cats and 3
miniature cyclones children, a flimsy flyscreen only door or even diamond mesh with flyscreen door would cost us more in the long short term to continually replace or fix, even should we do it ourselves than to buy a stronger super mesh door. It’s not going to break easily although I may regret writing that. 😉
If you’re in the market for fly screens, check out On Site Flyscreens if you’re a Melbourne or maybe even Victorian local. If you’re not a local then have a look around for a similar company or even contact On Site Flycreens and see if they can recommend someone local. Being able to open the windows in the evening and let in any cool that might be lurking in the dusk has been the difference between us baking whilst we sleep like last summer and having moments of relative comfort. The ceiling fans have helped disperse that cool too as we have no air conditioning (by choice). And as we can open windows all around the house we are able to welcome in that wonderful being known as a cross breeze. 😀
The back door is on order so it shan’t be long until we can cool our little world down and survive much more comfortably without air conditioning. I cannot wait. 🙂