How Do I Keep My Apartment from Becoming a Sauna?

Good Questions

Pin it button big
Q: I live on the top floor of an old two story, double brick building. The sun beats down on one side in the morning, the top and back side during the day, and the opposite side in the afternoon. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and we are currently going through yet another heatwave, and my apartment is ridiculously hot. It doesn't cool down at night — the heat seems to get trapped inside, no matter how many windows or doors we open. It doesn't seem to make a difference if we close all windows and blinds during the day or keep them open. I know that the other apartments in the block do not get as hot as ours, as none of them are so constantly in the sun. We have fans set up around the place, but they just end up blowing hot air around. It is a rental property, and we are not allowed to do much to change the place:

 It doesn't cool down at night — the heat seems to get trapped inside, no matter how many windows or doors we open. It doesn't seem to make a difference if we close all windows and blinds during the day or keep them open. I know that the other apartments in the block do not get as hot as ours, as none of them are so constantly in the sun. We have fans set up around the place, but they just end up blowing hot air around. It is a rental property, and we are not allowed to do much to change the place:

The room that heats up the least is the room that only has one wall that gets hit by the sun (the rest have two walls under the sun all day). I was considering writing to our landlord to ask for permission to hang up some heavy curtains and proper blinds, but I'm not even sure if that will help, or if it is just the bricks heating up throughout the day. 

Is it worth investing the money and effort in getting approval for curtains and blinds, or is there something else that might be more effective in this situation? Maybe I should just spend the money on a small air-conditioning unit? My boyfriend has started sleeping outside in a hammock, while I am not sleeping much at all, and my kitten is constantly panting! There has to be something I can do.. Please give me any ideas or suggestions!


Pin it button big

Sent by Laura

Editor: Leave your suggestions for Laura in the comments — thanks!

• Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached (questions with photos get answered first).

(Images: provided by Laura)

Recommended by The Kitchn

Around the Web

Categories

Main, Homekeeping, Good Questions

Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

40 Comments