Cool house

As we’re currently experiencing the best British summer in decades, finding out ways of balancing the summery heat in our homes so it’s not unbearable is important to ensure we get the most out of the glorious season. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune or do loads of difficult things to keep your home cool.

1. Turn off electrical appliances when not in use

As well as wasting valuable electricity, things such as TVs and computer monitors will get very warm when on for a long time. Therefore switch them off to save energy and keep cool.

2. Optimise your windows and doors

Things like keeping your blinds or shades closed can lower the temperature in your home by an estimated 20 degrees. Also, closing off unused rooms by shutting doors will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day.

3. Turn on your bathroom and kitchen fans

Both of these pull the hot air that rises after you cook or take a steamy shower out of your home. Likewise, portable fans can be a real life saver when you want a swift yet effective solution in a certain room.

4. Switch your bulbs

Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents will be really effective and is super simple. They produce the same light but use a fifth the energy and heat. They’re not as pricey as you might think either. You can even buy them online.

5. Find alternative cooking methods to using the oven

There’s arguably nothing worse than slaving over a hot stove on the hottest summer days, so in simple terms…don’t! Switch to different cooking methods, using things like the microwave or even the grill can have less of an impact on the temperature of the house.

6. Ventilate the home at night

Make the most of the dropped temperatures during the evening by opening the windows and ventilating the home at this time of day rather than when it’s really hot.

7. Maintain your air conditioning systems

If you do have air conditioning, ensure that you are maintaining it efficiently to ensure it’s as optimal as it can be. Where you position the unit and what you put near it will also have an impact, so take the time to look after it and update it if necessary.

8. Swap your bed sheets

Switching from the thicker, flannelette sheets you have during winter to lighter, cotton alternatives will be really useful for when keeping cool in bed during hot nights. Investing in a buckwheat pillow is a great idea too as they don’t store heat like conventional pillows do.

9. Avoid using the dishwasher

Using the dishwasher will also heat the house dramatically, so letting them air dry on a rack will not only be much better for the environment and your bills, but also will keep the temperature down.

10. Have showers instead of baths

Likewise, the water tank will be much hotter when you have a bath as they use more hot water than showers do. Showers are arguably much better for keeping cooler