Handy tips and tricks to help keep your home cool this summer

Published: 21/06/2018 By Empire Estates

The weather forecast has predicted that there is going to be a heatwave and that we are set to see temperatures in the region of 30°C from Monday onwards. With this in mind we have compiled this shortlist of tips and tricks to help you stay cool.

There are lots of fans on the market, from elegant floor-standing models to tiny desk-tops, but they tend to disappear quickly from DIY stores when the weather gets hot, so nab yours early. Check whether the fan oscillates – useful for keeping air moving – and how many speed settings it has. A lower speed is perfect for night-time - you don’t want to wake up with a stiff neck.

Block out  the sun
We all know we lose heat through our windows in winter, but we also gain it through our windows in summer, and particularly those that face the south and the west. Track the sun throughout the day, opening and closing curtains and blinds to prevent the sun coming in as it moves around the house. This can lower the temperature indoors dramatically.

Create a breeze
Once the sun has moved away, open windows and doors wide and let any breeze there is flow in. Create a cross breeze by placing a fan opposite the window.

Turn lights off
Incandescent lights give off a lot of heat, so turn off lights when not in use. Use the washing machine, dishwasher, hob and oven during the cooler parts of the day.