In the UK, we sometimes find it difficult to deal with very hot temperatures, so we thought we'd share a few tips to help keep your house and home cool in a heatwave.
- Keep windows closed during the day, particularly if they face the sun. Keep blinds down and curtains closed to keep the heat out. Blackout blinds and curtain linings are very effective.
You can open all the windows in the house very early in the morning when it's cool to let air circulate and in the evening when the temperature has dropped. But in between keep them closed and covered.
- If you really want to open windows during the day then make sure that there is a draught of air circulating through by opening opposite windows at the front and back. You can still keep blinds and curtains closed to deflect direct sunlight.
- If you have sash windows then open the top and bottom in equal amounts to keep air circulating. Do the same for any windows that have a double opening.
- Make sure that your house is well insulated as insulation is good at keeping heat out as well as in.
- Remember to completely switch off all the electrical appliances that you don't need as these generate more heat than you might expect.
- Electric fans can provide much needed relief, but make sure that you are using them to their best advantage. Since heat rises the coolest air in the house will be at floor level, so put the fan on the floor and point it upwards. Position it so that it points outwards towards the opposite wall, making sure that there is no obstruction by large pieces of furniture. This will ensure that the cooler air bounces off the wall and back into the room, mixing with the warm air to help cool the temperature.
Get cooler more quickly by placing a bowl of icy water in front of the fan, so that the air blows across it.
- Since heat rises, open the loft hatch so that the hot air that has risen to the top floor of the house can rise even further into the attic.
- Install a ceiling fan in the bedroom to help make sleeping easier and keep cool air circulating.
Did you find our tips for keeping your home cool in hot weather useful? Feel free to share your ideas for keeping cool in a heatwave too.