Summer may have finally arrived but some of us find it difficult to deal with the warmer weather. One of the first things us Brits do is pop to the nearest supermarket and stock up on fans and air conditioning units.
However, never fear! Here we share our top tips proven to help keep you and your home cool - without stretching those purse strings. Allowing you to spend your money on ice lollies, paddling pools and fun-filled summery treats instead.
During the day, the sun shining through your windows can create a greenhouse effect. By keeping your blinds and curtains drawn, this will act like a heat shield, keeping the air in your home nice and cool. Open them again in the evening to make the most of the longer daylight hours and cooler temperatures.
Seasonally switching your type of bedding freshens up your room, but it’s also a great way to keep cool! Whilst textiles such as flannel sheets and fluffy throws are fantastic at keeping us warm over the cooler months, cotton is a smarter move in the summer as it breaths easier and stays cooler. Also be sure to dig out your summer duvet. Duvets are based on ‘togs’, a measure of thermal insulation, ranging from 4.5 (suitable for summer as it’s much lighter) to 16.5 (suitable for winter when we need extra insulation).
We use hot water bottles in the winter to keep warm, however, they’re also handy for summer months. Fill a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer to act as an ice pack, and pop on or under your pillow. This will be sure to cool you down.
If people in the Stone Age could survive the English summer, then we surely can, right? From sipping fruity iced drinks or having a cold shower, to applying a cold cloth to areas like your neck, wrists and forehead; cooling from the inside out is a smart move. Another idea to keep the kids entertained is to have a water fight in the garden or on the street (you’re never too old).
This will pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a shower out of your home…every little helps! Be sure to do this for short periods to keep your energy spend down.
Closing off rooms will prevent the cool air from circulating throughout your home during the hottest part of the day, so keep all internal doors open to prevent this from happening. You’ll want to take advantage of this at night time too, to let air flow naturally through your home, cooling you while you sleep.
Over the summer months, the temperature often drops at night. Be sure to make the most of this by popping the windows open a couple of hours before you go to bed, this will cool your bedroom down and regulate your body temperature, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep.
It may sound obvious, but cooking with the oven and stove will add unnecessary heat to your home. If you’re hot and bothered, this is the last thing you need. Make the most of the outdoors and cook on a BBQ – a disposable one will do. It will make a nice change eating and cooking outside (after all, we don’t often get the chance!).
Before you leave the house, be sure to turn off your fan. Fans work by pushing air around, and while that rush of air creates a cool sensation, the movement actually heats the air up. So turn your fan off while you’re gone to save electricity and keep the room cool.
We all know water is the best way to stay cool, but when you haven't got the luxury of having a swimming pool in the back garden, there are clever ways to make a little water go along way. Simply dab water to the body areas where heat tends to gather, and to pressure points - wrists, temples, elbows and joint creases aregood places to start, this will automatically cool you down.
Most electric appliances and products kick out heat. Go around the house and turn off anything you're not using like your computer and your TV, even lightbulbs kick out a lot of heat collectively. You'd be surprised what a difference this can make. Another plus of doing this is the average house hold saves up to £90 a year turning appliances off instead of on stand-by when not in use.
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