Warmer months bring days of fun in the sun, but also the challenge of trying to stay cool indoors. Here, we share five ways to keep cool and carry on at home as the temperature rises outside.
Keep your curtains closed
Of course it’s nice to let the sun flood in on bright, sunny days, but this can definitely make your home way hotter than it needs to be. You don’t necessarily have to keep your curtains and blinds shut all day, but should aim to do this when the sun moves around to sit directly outside of your windows.
For extra shade and cool comfort, you might like to invest in blackout blinds or curtains which work even harder to keep the heat at bay.
Get a fan
A fan offers a cheap and cheerful solution to staying cool in the home, and you can have one in every room for ultimate circulation.
On super hot days, you might find that your fan doesn’t help with the humidity as it’s simply blowing the air that’s already in the room around. To combat this, try putting a bowl or tray of ice in front of the fan. As the ice evaporates, the air being blown over it by the fan will feel refreshingly cool.
Invest in a domestic air conditioning unit
If a fan simply isn’t doing the trick, investing in a domestic air conditioning unit is sure to make your rooms cooler.
Although these units are costly, you’ll soon be wondering why you didn’t buy one sooner, as they’ll help you to say goodbye to sleepless nights and unbearably hot conservatories, and hello to a comfortable home working environment.
If the hot weather is also playing havoc with your allergies, you might like to consider an air purifier too. These appliances remove allergens like pollen from the air, creating a clean and sanitised environment.
Put your bedsheets in the freezer
Should an air conditioning unit be too much of an expense at the moment, you can also attempt a more comfortable night’s sleep by putting your sheets in the freezer.
Simply place them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge for a while before you head to bed.
This may not be a long-lasting option like an air con unit, but it will provide a bit of relief from the heat as you drift off to sleep.
Leave household chores for the evenings
Doing the housework is an exercise in itself a lot of the time, so try to save this to the evenings where possible to avoid getting hot and bothered.
You’ll also find that using certain appliances can heat up the house, which is the last thing that you want when trying to battle with hot weather, so try to use these at cooler times of day.
Now you know how to keep cool and carry on at home, you can feel cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.