10 Ways To Stay Cool In Summer
Staying Out of the Sun
AS THE MERCURY RISES, KEEP YOUR COOL WITH THESE COST-SAVING TIPS FOR IN AND AROUND YOUR HOME.
While most of us love the idea of summer, those stifling days and nights can become a little unbearable, can’t they? When the mercury doesn’t dip below 40 degrees for a few days in a row, and your house starts to feel like the inside of an oven, it’s time to take action!. Try these tips for keeping your cool and enjoy a much more pleasant summer.
1. Block out the heat
Glass isn’t a great insulator (unless you’ve lashed out on the triple-glazed variety). So make sure you keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block the heat and direct sunlight.
2. Shade, shade, shade
Shade your north and west facing windows. Awnings, deciduous trees and pergolas with deciduous vines are great – they give you shade in summer and sun in winter.
3. Use fans before aircon
Instead of turning your air conditioner on straight away, turn on your electric fan instead. You may find that the fan is enough to cool you down, and it’s far cheaper to run than an air conditioner. If it’s really hot, use both a fan and an air conditioner, as the fan will help circulate the cooler air around the room.
4. Don’t try cooling the whole house
Only cool the room you’re in. This saves energy; plus, your air conditioner or fan won’t bust a boiler trying to cool a bigger space than it’s capable of. Close the door and seal any gaps to stop the cool air escaping.
5. Wrap up your house
Insulation is a great year-round investment. It keeps your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter; and once you’ve installed it you don’t need to worry about it for a long time.
To help keep you cool on those really hot days, think about investing in a pool for your garden.
You may find that an electric fan is enough to cool you down, and it’s cheaper to run than air con.
Make the most of the warm evenings and cook outside on your BBQ