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Beat the Heat – Keep Your Home Cool During The Heatwave

Who needs to book a holiday when the weather in the UK is hitting highs of 33°C this week! Ok maybe it’s not quite like being abroad, but it’s definitely something to celebrate!

But, after a long day of eating ice cream and soaking up the sun, you don’t want to return to a house that feels like a sauna! Here are some handy hints and tips to keep your home fresh and cool for this weeks heatwave (and hopefully longer!)

Keep Curtains Closed

Windows can let a great deal of heat in during the summer and make your home feel like a greenhouse! Although it’s nice to have the sun shining through, try to keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day, especially while you’re out at work. You could even invest in black-out curtains which would do the trick!

Sunlight Behind Vertical Blinds

Young Child Trying To Open Closed Door

Close Doors on Unused Rooms

Keep your main rooms cool by closing the doors on rooms that aren’t in use. This will stop cool air spreading to other places and keep it flowing where you want it.

Use Your Fans

Turn on bathroom fans and the exhaust fan in your kitchen. Both of these will pull the hot air that rises after cooking or showering out of the house.  It’s a good idea to invest in quality fans as they help cool hot rooms down.

Fan Hack! Fill a bowl with ice and position it at an angle in front of a large fan. The air from the fan will catch the ice and provide a chilled, misty environment in your home! Just what you need!

Girl Standing In Front Of Blowing Fan

Feet Sticking Out Of Bed

Dampen Your Sheets

Cotton is the best material for bed sheets as it breathes easier and stays cooler. A great trick to stay cool is to sprinkle a slight bit of water on them or put them in the freezer before you go to bed. For your feet, fill a hot water bottle with water and put it in the freezer before placing it at the end of your bed.

Sleep Low

Heat rises, so if possible try to sleep downstairs. Even if you have to opt for the sofa, it will be worth it for the coolness!

Man Sleeping On Sofa

Window Looking Out To Sunset

Open the Windows

An obvious one yes, but you may want to do this during the evening only. As the sun goes down, the temperature starts to drop so you will get a nice breeze into your home. And, if you place a fan next to the open window it will make the breeze even better! Just be sure to close them in the morning!

Avoid the Oven

Using your stove and oven on hot days is only going to make your home hotter. But this is a great excuse to get out and use your BBQ!

BBQ With Food In Garden

Woman Drinking Bottled Water

Keep Yourself Cool

As well as your house, make sure you keep yourself cool in the hot weather. Drink plenty of water and apply a cold cloth to your strong-pulsed areas such as your neck and wrists. This will cool your temperature down and make you feel cooler. Try keeping a bowl of water next to your bed and dip your feet into it if you get warm during the night.

If we’ve got you in the mood for a BBQ, here are some tips on how to clean your BBQ for the heatwave!


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