Here be some GIY jobs to keep your cool all summer long whether you are a fan of the fan, conditioned to the air-conditioner or just think that summer is for saunas.

WATCH NOW: Secondary glazing windows with window insulation film.


Windows are the weakesk link (thermally speaking) in the average house. They cause more heat gain and loss than any other area of your home  - even when they're closed.

To stop this you have to insulate them - double glazing, heavy curtains or some form of secondary glazing that traps a layer of still air.  In this GIY project we insulate a timber sash window with a plastic film called Clear Comfort (this is an Australian product but there are a wide range of similar and cheaper products available in the US).

It is affordable (between $5 and 12/mdepending on the brand), easy to install and really makes a difference.

Trickiness rating: EASY

Draft proofing wall vents

Wall vents are basically holes in your walls. Some look quite decorative, others, just holey. This episode will show you how to do a quick fix for a classic Canberra wall vent.


To draft proof your home to keep the warmth  in your house in  winter - block them up. This temporary fix can be removed when Summer hits and you need to vent all the hot air from the house.  If you have air conditioning, leave the vents blocked up ... I think!


(Don't you love the voice of confidence and authority)


Trickiness rating: Easy