5 Practical Ways To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer
With the record-breaking temperatures experienced across England and Wales and a forecast of a long, hot summer, it’s a good idea to get in the know about how to keep your house cool.
‘When you get home after a hot day in the office, the last thing you want is to step inside a warm house,’ says Stephen Jury from home improvement company Plentific. ‘Before extreme measures of air conditioning are taken, other smaller, and considerably cheaper options are available.’
It pays to try out some clever tips and tricks that can help to make your home a cooler and more comfortable environment – all without breaking the bank.
Follow these expert tips so you can enjoy a fresh, cool home this summer:
1. Install insulation
Insulation will not only keep houses warm in the winter by preventing heat from escaping the building, but is also great at stopping heat entering your home. Insulation within the walls, loft or roof will prevent the passage of heat, which is perfect for regulating your property’s internal temperature.
If you do not have insulation in your home already, the best place to begin is in the loft. The materials of most roofs absorb heat and transfer it to the space underneath and therefore heat the home. If you insulate your loft, however, the heat is contained in the attic, allowing the lower rooms to be cooler.
2. Tree and ivy planting
Shade is one of the key ways to keep your home environment cooler this summer. This can be achieved by planting trees in your garden, or by growing a seasonal creeping plant, such as ivy, over a pergola or trellis. Not only will this provide some cool escapes within your garden, but will boost the attractiveness of the outdoor space.
3. Make an ice fan
Not even an air conditioner can give off a faux sea breeze, but this simple trick can. Fill a mixing bowl with ice (or something equally cold, like an ice pack), and position it at an angle in front of a large fan. When the ice melts the breeze from the fan picks up the cool air coming from the ice’s surface, creating a nice cool mist.
4. Get cooking outside
There’s nothing quite like cooking up a big family dinner over a hot stove on a roasting summer’s day. It’s unpleasant to say the least, and will only increase the heat of your home.
The best thing to do is cook outside. Having a BBQ is fun, perfect for summer and allows your home the chance to stay cooler, without added kitchen warmth. If you wanted to take outdoor cooking to the next level, you could even build an outdoor kitchen.
5. Don’t forget doors
Close off unused rooms to prevent warm air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. Capitalise on the cooler night hours by allowing air to flow naturally through your home.