Home Design Guides: Climate control

Efficient ventilation methods

The most effective ways to heat and cool your home are still with air conditioners and coolers - but carefully controlling ventilation can often prevent the need for them altogether.

Ventilation regulations

While not as regulated as air conditioning or heating, there are specific Australian Standards that you (and your builder) need to be aware of to ensure that your ventilation complies with building regulations.

BCA ventilation requirements

Ventilation requirements exist in Australia to help prevent the likelihood of 'sick building syndrome'. These need to be carefully addressed when building a home with a tight building envelope.

Ventilation in garages, sheds and workshops

Garages, sheds and workshops, particularly those where dust, particles or sprays float around, may require extra ventilation to ensure your safety.

Ventilation maintenance

Ventilation maintenance

The cleanliness of your vents can have an impact more than just the performance of you ventilation system; it can also impact upon your health. Cleaning your ventilation system is easy, and could do wonders for you and your home’s health

How to measure infiltration and air tightness

Part of establishing how well your home fares in terms of passive design is to establish how 'tight' it is. Learn more about how to test how much air leaks from your home.

How to clean exhaust vents

Heating and cooling ducts carry air all around your house, and vents often get dirty as a result of how much air flows through them. Find out if (and how) you need to clean them.

Cooling checklist

Cooling checklist

The cooling checklist runs through the different things you need to take into account to ensure you're choosing the right cooling systems for your home.

Heating checklist

Heating checklist

The heating checklist runs through the different things you need to take into account to ensure you're choosing the right heating systems for your home.

House star ratings & climate control

Find out how star ratings for homes relate to how the house is designed from a climate control perspective.

Heat lamps

Heat lamps can be a good source of warmth for your bathroom, particularly in colder weather.

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How to check an air conditioner installer's licence

It's important that you only have licensed technicians do work on your air conditioners. Find out about the different types of air conditioning licenses.

Electric underfloor heating

Electric underfloor heating can keep your toes warm on cold mornings and keep the temperature in your house at a constant, comfortable level.

Trombe walls

A wall surface, using some clever design principles, can be used to passively heat air and allow it to naturally flow into your home. Learn more about Trombe walls and how they work.

Wall or window mounted air conditioners

These single-unit airconditioners are slightly more noisy, but can easily be mounted in a window and don't require a separate compressor/evaporator unit.

Underfloor and slab heating

Underfloor heating is a popular heating option for dwellings that experience colder climates. Learn about the different types of underfloor heating available.

Home theatre ventilation

Ventilation is essential in a home theatre room - but it needs to be achieved in such a way as to ensure that it doesn't create unwanted noise or light infiltration. Find out how to ventilate your home theatre.

Automated climate control

There are a great many ways in which a smart home can use technology to improve and automate climate control. Find out how automated climate control might suit your home.

Chimney and flue height regulations

There are regulations that dictate where you can place a chimney, both in relation to your own roof and the roofs of neighbouring properties. Find out how this applies to your home.

Cooling maintenance

Cooling maintenance

One of the most important parts of cooling your home is ensuring that air conditioners and fans are properly taken care of.