Keeping Your Home Cool During The Summer
Simple Home Hacks
With the days getting warmer and more of us spending a lot more time at home we decided to put together some of our top tips for keeping your house cool and comfortable as temperatures begin to rise.
It is a good idea to ditch your fleece or flannel sheets during the summer months. Cotton or bamboo linen are lightweight and breathable alternatives which will allow you to have a comfortable night’s sleep.
If you find yourself particularly warm at night, try freezing a hot water bottle and placing it at the bottom of your bed. This will keep your bed nice and cool!
Avoid taking very hot showers as they will steam up your bathroom. It is also a good idea to turn your extractor fan on when taking a shower and leave the fan running for 30 minutes after your shower to take out all of the hot air and allow it to be replaced with cool air.
Using your oven or stove-top will add unwanted heat to your home. If you do use your stove make sure to turn your extractor fan on to improve airflow in the room. Make the most of the beautiful weather and have a BBQ outside, this will also save your kitchen from heating up.
Insulating your attic can be a great investment. It will prevent heat gain through the ceiling to the living spaces below and stop warm hot air from escaping during the winter months.
Doors and Windows
During the winter it is important to keep heat in specific rooms by keeping internal doors closed. However, this is not a good idea during the summer months. Opening doors in the home will allow fresh air to flow throughout the rooms and keep them cool.
Opening your windows in the evening time is a good opportunity to replace the warm air in your home with some refreshing cool air and to allow the air circulate through your home.
Use Your BlindsUp to 30% of the heat in your home comes through the windows. We recommend keeping your blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to prevent the midday heat from becoming trapped in your home. This is important for west and south-facing windows as they take in the most heat.
Light-coloured blinds will be particularly effective as they reflect the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it.
Fan Using a fan can be a great way to cool down a room. On particularly hot days, you can make the appliance even more effective by placing a bowl of ice in the path of where the air is blowing. This will create a cool, misty breeze for you to cool down in.
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