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How to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

24 July 2019

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We have been pining for some warmer weather for 11 months of the year and it looks like it’s finally arrived, and in true British fashion, we’re complaining it’s too hot. With aircon out the question due to its lack of use the majority of the year, these top tips will hopefully keep your home cooler and prevent those sleepless nights. 

1.    Keep Your Windows Closed 

However tempting it is to fling every window open as far as possible, the light sense of relief will be short-lived. Keeping the hot air out is the key to keeping cool; this means keeping the windows shut will do you a favour in the long run! During the day keep your blinds or curtains shut, then when (or if) the temperature drops in the evening, opening a window will let in some much-needed air. 

2.    DIY air-conditioning

It might not be the most high tech of cooling techniques, however; putting bowls of water around your rooms can act as a great cooling technique.  Also, try adding house plants to your rooms, not only are they a decorative feature they are also natural air conditioners!

3.    FANtastic

Sometimes simple is the most effective. If you can put up with the sound of whirring through the night, fans are a great way of providing a much-needed breeze.  If you’re after extra cool, why not put a bowl of ice in front of the fan to give yourself your very own air conditioning unit.

4.    Hang up Wet Sheets 

Usually, when you hang up wet sheets it’s in the hope they will dry, but wet sheets can be a lifesaver in the heat. Hanging them in front of your window can help bring the temperature of a room down. It might not look the prettiest but you’ll be grateful at night!

5.    Switch Off 

Lights, electrical equipment and appliances all generate heat, so save some money on your bills and keep the temperature down, by switching off! Even better you’ll be helping the planet at the same time. 

6.    Sleep Downstairs 

Heat rises, so naturally, your upstairs room will be guaranteed to be the warmest, if it gets too much go sleep downstairs and if you’re in a ground floor flat, count yourself lucky! 

7.    Rethink Your Sheets 

On the subject of sleeping, summer nights are not the time for satin or silk sheets. No matter how nice they may look, cotton sheets will keep you far cooler! Also if you haven’t already, ditch the winter duvet, or really get into the holiday feel and sleep with just a sheet. 

8.    Cold Water Bottles 

Hot water bottles don’t have to be restricted to the winter months; they are also a lifesaver in the summer. Fill it with cold water, place it in the freezer for a while and you’ve got yourself an ice pack.

9.    Freezer Pillowcase

Before heading to bed, put your pillowcase in the freezer. When it’s time for bed your newly chilled pillowcase will keep your head cooler and in turn, keep the rest of your body temperature down. 


Try these tips to prevent sleepless nights and enjoy those summer days, cause who knows how long they will last! 
 

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