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 week’s 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!
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!
Dampen Your Sheets
Cotton is the best material for bedsheets 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.
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!
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!
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.