How can I keep my home cool in the hot summer months?
21st July 2023
With soaring temperatures across Europe, and UK summer temperatures soaring to 40C during the recent heatwave, we are sharing our tips for keeping your home cool this summer.
What is the most efficient way to cool a house?
Protecting your home and keeping it cool during heatwaves involves a combination of proactive measures and energy-efficient practices.
Insulation: Make sure your home is well-insulated. Proper insulation helps keep the heat out during hot weather and retains cooler air inside. Check for any air leaks around doors, windows, and other openings and seal them.
Shades and curtains: Install reflective window shades or light-coloured curtains to block out the sun's heat and prevent it from entering your home. Close them during the hottest parts of the day. Glass can be fitted with internal blinds for people who want their spaces to be clutter-free.
Ventilation: Promote natural cross-ventilation by opening windows on opposite sides of your home to allow a breeze to flow through. Use fans to circulate air and create a cooling effect. Tilt and turn windows are fantastic for allowing air into the home as they have larger openings than many window styles.
Air conditioning: If you have an air conditioning system, make sure it's properly maintained and in good working condition. Set the thermostat at an appropriate temperature, ideally around 78°F (25.5°C) for a balance between comfort and energy efficiency.
Use fans strategically: Position box fans or oscillating fans near windows to draw in cooler air during the evening or early morning hours. Place fans in rooms where you spend the most time to improve comfort
Avoid heat-generating appliances: During heatwaves, try to minimize the use of heat-generating appliances like ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers. Instead, opt for outdoor cooking or use a microwave, slow cooker, or other energy-efficient appliances.
Cooling your bed: Use breathable, lightweight bedding and consider placing your sheets and pillowcases in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime for a refreshing feeling.
Create shade: If you have an outdoor space, consider setting up awnings, umbrellas, or shade sails to create shaded areas. This can make spending time outside more enjoyable during hot weather.
Stay hydrated: Keep yourself and your family hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay cool and prevent heat-related illnesses.
Limit sun exposure: During the peak heat hours, stay indoors or find shaded areas when going outside. If you need to be in direct sunlight, wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
Cooling products: Invest in cooling products like cooling towels, personal fans, or even a portable air cooler to keep you comfortable, especially if you don't have air conditioning.
Nighttime cooling: Take advantage of cooler nighttime temperatures by opening windows and using fans to draw in cool air. Be sure to close them in the morning before the day heats up.
By implementing these measures, you can protect your home and create a more comfortable living environment during heatwaves while also being mindful of energy efficiency.
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