How to keep your home cool in summer

Warmer weather is always welcome in the UK, especially after some of the harsh winters we’ve experienced in recent years. Despite our love of the summer, it’s still important to have somewhere cool you can retreat to in order to avoid overheating and suffering from heat stroke. There are many ways you can stop your home from becoming an oversized sauna…

  • Keep your home sealed: It might be tempting to ventilate your home during the day but that will let warm air and humidity in. Try to keep windows and doors closed during the day, only opening them in the evening when the temperature is lower.
  • Keep curtains closed: If you have any south and west facing windows in your home then keep the curtains or blinds closed during the day. This will stop direct sunlight from getting into your home and increasing the ambient temperature throughout the day.
  • Consider installing an awning: If you find that the heat from direct sunlight hitting your south and west facing windows is not held off adequately by closing your curtains, you could consider installing an awning to provide extra shade.
  • Reflect the heat: Applying reflective film to your windows will allow the sun’s rays to be reflected away from your home.
  • Avoid using the oven: If you’re trying to keep your home cool during the summer then try to avoid using the oven where necessary. When the weather is warmer you may find you have more of a taste for salads and cold foods anyway.
  • Turn the fan on: Using a fan will help to keep you cool in your home. Place a bowl of ice in front of the fan to get some cold air circulating around.

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