Sweat, bugs and keeping cold

News posted on 11.01.2016 on Research & developement

New research reveals the top annoyances for Aussies in summer start at home

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Sydney, Australia, 14 January 2016 – The Aussie summer is famous all over the world for its healthy dose of sun, sea, surf and socialising.

And while the outdoors lifestyle does have its own issues, it’s actually the indoors where Australians struggle to cope with the hot season, with more than half of the country (52%) suggesting it’s being too hot indoors that really gets their blood boiling – literally!

According to new research conducted by Thinkinsulation, the biggest bugbear of summer for three quarters (72%) of Australians is being left dripping with sweat before they’ve even left the house.

The home is supposed to be a sanctuary, however 56% of Aussies say it’s too hot to sleep at night during summer, even in the buff. Almost a third (30%) have also been left feeling frustrated by the elevated electricity bills from keeping their living spaces comfortably air-con cool.

For the ladies it gets even worse, with two thirds (67%) of those surveyed lamenting how makeup just slips and smudges off their face and 55% are left with a frizzy mess when trying to style hair in the heat at the home.

Throw in a cocktail of increased numbers of bugs, flies and mosquitos, which annoyed 52% of those surveyed and it starts looking like avoiding the indoors is better for the temperament of people all over the country.

The most important room to keep cool in a home is the bedroom for over half the population (55%), so people can get valuable sleep.

In comparison, the research showed less than 15% are fed up of burning their feet on the hot ground and just one in 10 bothered by sun cream running into their eyes. 

Commenting, Claire Cunliffe, Marketing Manager at Knauf Insulation Australia, says: “For years, Australians have mastered the art of treating those small annoyances of being outdoors in the summer as part and parcel of enjoying living in a hot climate. However, when it comes to the home, not many have learned how to bring more ‘coolth’ into their lives; that is, to keep cool temperatures in and the heat out. Our research revealed a staggering 1 in 5 even believe it can be hotter inside their homes, than outside in the sun!

“What many people don’t realise is that insulating your home can improve the comfort of living in the hottest months by keeping the warm air out, whilst saving on average $450* per year on energy bills.”

Installing insulation is an easily achievable DIY activity if certain safety steps are taken, head to Thinkinsulation for helpful DIY tutorial videos. The website is packed with helpful tips and tricks to help Aussies introduce more coolth into their lives this summer. It also offers advice on reducing household energy consumption and information on the best insulation options.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

For more information plus tips and tricks how to keep your home cool whilst saving on energy bills, head to thinkinsulation.com.au.

Research was conducted by Pure Profile for Thinkinsulation on a sample of over 1,000 Australians nationwide.

*Households with insulation in the ceilings, wall and floors can save up to $450 per year on their electricity bills. UTS, 2014.

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