The UK is due a heatwave this week, with temperatures expected to hit 30°C in many parts of the country. In these warmer conditions, it’s tempting to plant yourself in front of a fan or perhaps even turn your air conditioning on, if you’re lucky enough to have it. However, there are many other ways to fend off the hot weather without landing yourself with a hefty electricity bill. We have looked at six easy hacks to keep your home comfortably cool.
Keep your curtains closed or invest in blackout blinds
To prevent your home from heating up like a greenhouse, keep your blinds and curtains closed in the day time when you’re out at work. The US Department of Energy says that smart management of window coverings can reduce heat gain by up to 77 percent.
You might want to invest in blackout blinds which stop any sunlight coming in and heating a room up. This is even more advisable if your home has lots of south facing windows.
Neutral coloured window coverings reflect more sunlight and so the lighter the curtain or blind the better in terms of reflecting heat.
Keep doors open
If all the doors in your home are closed, cooler air from colder parts of a house (north facing rooms for example), will not be able to work its way into warmer rooms. A freer air flow throughout the home will undoubtedly make your whole house feel cooler.
Keep extractor fans on for longer
Keeping extractor fans in a bathroom on for a while longer than normal after a shower will make sure the hot air is expelled from the room, rather than permeating through the house.
Watch where you sleep
If you’re struggling to sleep because of the heat and your bedroom is at the top of your house, consider a temporary move to a room lower down in your home. If you have a spare room on a lower floor, it should be cooler because heat rises.
If you don’t have the space to move a bedroom on a lower floor, you could instead invest in a chillow. This pillow is filled with cool water or gel and slips under your existing pillow case and will cool you down.
To let the naturally cooler night air in to your home, open windows before you go to sleep. Just remember to close the windows and blinds when the temperature spikes again in the morning.
If you still use traditional incandescent light bulbs instead of an energy efficient alternative such as CFLs or LEDs, your home will be much warmer than if you made the change to more modern bulbs. According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy incandescent bulbs waste 90% of the energy they use, which is given off as heat. Changing your light bulbs will make a small difference in helping you to keep your home cooler.
These six easy steps will help to keep your home cool naturally even in a serious heatwave. Your wallet and the environment will both thank you for keeping it natural.