There’s nothing better than when the nice weather for the year kicks in. Lots of sunshine means time spent outdoors with the family, fun days out, mini breaks, dining outdoors and much more. However there is one downside and that’s how hot it can get in the home, not only does this make you feel less productive (who wants to tackle the housework while it’s scorching hot?) and it can make the best of us feel a little irritable and impatient when we’re uncomfortable and to warm. Thankfully there are ways you can make your home much cooler and more comfortable even on the hottest days and nights. Here are some ideas!
When the warm weather hits, the first thing most of us will do is dig out our trusty electric fan. Choose a nice big pedestal fan which will be effective in most sized rooms, or go with a ceiling fan light. These are useful as they’re installed all year round and don’t take any floor space, but you can just switch them on as and when you need them. Did you know that if you set these to spin counterclockwise in the summer they will spin faster and keep you cooler? If you put your stand fan near an open window, it will blow in cool clean air and help the room stay cooler and fresher. Instead of blowing the same warm air around. Another good option would be to put an ice pack in front of it on the hottest days to blow cold air around.
Install Air Conditioning
If a fan isn’t cutting it and you want to go a step further then you could always look into having an air conditioning unit installed. In some places in the world, these are pretty vital whereas here in the UK it can feel like a bit of a luxury purchase. However, us Brits do tend to forget how hot our summers can get, and so if you bite the bullet and have one fitted then you can reap the rewards every time we get our annual heatwave. If you’re losing sleep at night in the summer, are generally sticky and uncomfortable and don’t want to suffer through high heats then it’s well worth investing in. If you have anyone that’s vulnerable due to age or illness or you’re pregnant (or planning on having more children in the future) then being able to control the temperature and set it to a comfortable level is money well spent.
Switch Up Your Bedding
Even on the hottest nights, many of us struggle sleeping without a blanket. There’s something inherently comforting about being under a duvet during the night, and as it’s something we’ve done our whole lives it can be difficult to sleep without them- even when we don’t need them! For this reason, it’s worth switching up your bedding so you have something to put over yourself but not something that’s going to make you sweat. You can buy very light and thin summer duvets, you could go with a thin blanket or throw or even just a sheet. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, consider one which has a cooling effect- there are lots of these for sale these days. Choose the right materials too, 100% cotton for bedding is breathable and won’t stick to you. Avoid man made fabrics or blended fabrics, these are often cheaper varieties. It’s well worth spending the extra for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
Consider Your Window Treatments
Having the right blinds or curtains up at the window is essential for any home. They give you privacy, they control the light (ideal for when you’re sleeping or watching tv) and can add style and personality to you home too. But another benefit of the right window treatments is that they can help you control the temperature. During scorching heats, closing the blinds or curtains can prevent the room from warming up as much. Of course, in winter you have the benefit of them blocking drafts too. The key to getting your window dressings right is to choose something that’s stylish and reflects your personality and your home’s decor scheme as well as being practical and long lasting. Shutters are one option to consider, you can click here for more information and styles. Otherwise you could go with blinds, curtains or both together. If you want some lightweight pretty curtains for example, adding a blind to the window too helps you to control the light and temperature.
Insulate The Loft and Walls
When you think about the benefits of insulating your home, your first thought will probably be how much money you’re able to save in the winter as less heat is able to escape. However there’s another significant benefit, and that’s that your home will stay cooler in the summer too. Insulation in the walls and loft prevent heat from penetrating keeping you much cooler. There are lots of government incentives these days to reduce the amount of damaging fossil fuels we all use, meaning there are often grants and schemes and things for loft and cavity wall insulation. Before having it done, do some research and find out what’s available in your area as it could cost less than you might think. Your home will stay warm in winter, cool in summer and your energy bills will be lower; it’s a win- win situation.
Cool Yourself Down
As well as cooling down your home, a good option is to cool down yourself. Have a lukewarm bath before bed- the temperature should be just below body temperature which will cool you down. If you get into a cold bath, your body will quickly bring your temperature up again once you get out. Wear cool clothes and sip cool drinks, applying ice packs to your wrists can bring down your temperature too. Try to avoid anything too strenuous or do anything involving heat- including using the oven, blow drying your hair or ironing. Save these kinds of chores for a cooler day!
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