Shading homes in hot humid climates

April 25th, 2018 · Published to Shade Solutions by Steve Lewis

Many regions in Australia experience a hot and humid climate. As such, many homeowners keep looking for effective ways to shade their homes to keep things cool. While some use air-conditioners to keep their homes cool, others rely on shade structures. and other alternative methods.

There are several things you can do to keep your home cool without relying on air-conditioners. Today, I’ll list some of the ways to shade your home in a hot and humid climate. This is coming to you straight from someone with 25 years of experience as a shade solutions specialist. So, you can bet that these methods will work for you.

Use shade structures

One of the most effective ways to shade a home in hot and humid climates is by using shade structures. Shade structures are available in various forms, and you can install them around your home to keep it cool.

In my experience, most people think that shading their roofs is a good way to keep their home cool. While this may work in some specific climates, it won’t work in hot and humid climates. In fact, you should shade your walls and not the whole roof to keep your home cool.

To properly cool your house, make sure to cover as much of your walls, including all openings. You can use shade sails, canopies or tension membranes to shade large walls easily and effectively. And, for your doors, windows and other openings, you can install awnings or outdoor blinds. Such shade structures will block out sunshine, while still allowing air to flow freely underneath. Shade structures made of high-quality fabrics are the best in shading homes in hot and humid climates.

And, for all your shade structure requirements, look no further than Global Shade. We’re Australia’s leading provider of shade structures, and we have a reputation for offering high-quality shade products. Whether you’re looking for shade sails, awnings, canopies, tension membranes or blinds, we offer it all!

Landscaping and trees

By optimising the orientation of your landscaping around your home, you can shade your home effectively. Positional landscaping can help provide shade without blocking out cool breezes.

You can also consider planting trees, bushes and plants around your home instead of paving. While large trees can provide shade to your home, smaller bushes and plants will lower ground temperature. Plants can also reduce the amount of heat reflected off the ground.

Other ways to cool your home

Apart from adding shade, you can also cool your home by promoting better ventilation and airflow. Design and orient your indoors to maximise the effect of cool breezes. You can also use fans to supplement airflow.

Also, painting your walls and roof in a lighter colour can help keep your home cool. Lighter colours will reflect the sun’s heat away and will keep the indoors cooler.

And, make sure that you do not unnecessarily use your appliances. Many home appliances generate heat when operating. By switching off your appliances when not in use, you can reduce your indoor temperature to a certain degree.


There are many things you can do to shade a home in hot and humid climates to keep it cool. Using shade structures is one of the most effective ways to shade your home. Use shade sails, canopies or tension membranes to shade your walls and use awnings or blinds to shade openings. You can also shade your home by planting trees around. Other ways to keep your home cool include promoting ventilation, painting your walls and roofs in a light colour and not using appliances unnecessarily.

And, for all your shade structure needs, look nowhere else but Global Shade. Contact us to discuss your shade structure requirements with us today!

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