It may not feel like it at the moment, but summer is only around the corner – honest! And when it gets hot in the UK, everyone gets all bothered because we’re not really used to the summer heat, are we?
What’s more, it’s not just humans that are affected. Pets and houseplants suffer too, and that’s before you start thinking about food spoiling quickly in the kitchen during a heatwave…
If you’re looking for ways to deal with the stifling heat in your home this summer, or to avoid uncomfortably sweltering nights that make it difficult to sleep, here are 4 tips that may help.
1. Let fresh air in
It may sound obvious, but opening as many windows as possible is the best way to get some much needed airflow through the house. Opening just one window probably won’t be enough, especially when it’s still outside, so do make sure you open windows at opposite ends of the room (or opposite ends of the house) to get the air moving for maximum ventilation. If it is safe to do so, you could also prop the back door open. Think about attaching a fly guard to the window (or door) frame or use a mosquito net, if bugs are a problem.
2. Fit window shutters
If you’ve ever been to the Mediterranean, you will have seen how popular shutters are there. The reason is clear: shutters are a great way to keep your home cool, particularly during the heat of the day. It’s how the Spaniards can manage to have a mid-afternoon siesta without being stifled by the heat!
Once fitted to your windows, you can open and close your shutters as desired; they work particularly well in conservatories and sun rooms that get the full force of the summer heat during the day. Pull them down when it’s scorching outside to get the full benefit.
3. Get a room fan
When it’s boiling hot outside, suddenly air conditioning seems like the best idea. But let’s face it, for homes in Britain it’s not really worth the expense, is it? Much cheaper to get a fan for those hot summer days and nights, and keep it in storage the rest of the year. Surprisingly powerful and effective for the money, ceiling fans are ideal for larger rooms, and oscillating floor fans or desk fans can be a suitable solution for smaller spaces.
4. Minimise soft furnishings
Fabrics and materials in a room can totally change the temperature. In the wintertime, you want thick, heavy fabrics and carpets to keep you warm and snug. Not so much during the summer. Instead, think light and airy summer fabrics and cool surfaces and you’re halfway there.
Why not opt for wooden or tiled flooring throughout your home? Then you can add cosy rugs, or remove them, as necessary to help regulate the temperature over the seasons. If you have heavy throws and fluffy cushions, you may want to put them into storage too during the summer months and, if necessary, replace them with lighter fabrics to help you stay cool.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer and frequent sufferer of less-than-ideal room temperatures. For the information in this post, Sussex specialist The Window Shutter Company were consulted.