There’s nothing quite like lying awake on a hot summer’s night, wishing for a bit of a breeze to take the edge off the heat. But if your house has shifted from being enjoyably warm to being uncomfortably toasty, there are a few things you can do to help cool things down.
Funnily enough, many of them are quite similar to what you might do to warm it up in winter.
People often think about insulation in terms of keeping a house warm, but it can also play an important role in keeping it cool. If you have a well-insulated house, any room that you’ve cooled should stay that way. Insulation can be used to keep heat both in and out.
Shut the curtains
Instead of pulling the curtains to keep the heat in, during summer you can shut them to keep the hottest part of the day out. This means the sun isn’t pouring into the room for hours on end, raising the temperature.
Open doors and windows
It may seem obvious but probably the cheapest way to cool things down is to open up the house to let the outdoors in, particularly first thing in the morning and during the early evening and overnight. You can install cheap magnetic fly screens over doors and windows if you’re worried about insects joining you in your bedroom.
Point your fan the right way
Portable fans are a great way to lower the temperature by a few degrees. To get the best out of yours, point it towards the window. That will blow the hot air out and circulate cooler air from outside in. The more doors and windows you can open to get the air flowing through, the better.
Use your heat pump
Instead of using your heat pump to lift the temperature, you can use it to knock off a couple of degrees. If you want to save money, you might opt to just use a dehumidifier or fan option, but even the cooling setting is relatively inexpensive to run. Avoid using the auto setting, though, because you don’t want the heat pump to start trying to lift the temperature if it drops below a certain level.
Cook outside and open bathroom windows
Try to reduce the amount of heat you create in your home by cooking outside on the barbecue and keeping your bathroom as well-ventilated as possible. It’s never a great idea to have steam hanging around but if it’s heating up your home, it’s even more unwelcome.
Get your bed ready for the heat
Switch your sheets for cotton and, if you’re really desperate, pop a hot water bottle filled with cold water or a pet cooling mat by your feet. Buckwheat pillows are reportedly better for a cool night’s sleep, too.
Shade for your outdoor area
A shadesail across your outdoor living space will not only give you a bit more versatility for your outdoor living; it should also reduce the amount of sunshine streaming into your home.
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